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Apus apus (Ebabil) - Speedy Machine

Apus apus (Ebabil) - Speedy Machine
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-16
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): oiseaux en vol/birds in flight, Birds of the Middle East -III- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-17 9:21
Viewed: 8523
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
......Speedy Machine: Apus apus
The genus Apus (APODIFORMES: APODIDAE) is represented by four species in Turkiye;
** Apus affinis - Küçük Ebabil [TR], Little Swift [EN],
** Apus melba - Akkarınlı Ebabil [TR], Alpine Swift [EN],
** Apus pallidus - Boz Ebabil [TR], Pallid Swift [EN].
** Apus apus - Ebabil [TR], Swift, Common Swift [EN].
The name "Apus" is origaned from Latin, a- prefix (absent), pedes (feet), meaning without feet, since their feet very short and they fly in most of their time, even if in sleep.

The Common Swift is one of the fastest-flying birds found in Europe and they can reach 220 km/h in dives (FAQ). Such a speed bird's photography is hard, for me at least. I have tried to capture by my camera on hand in many times.
My former post of this speedy machine Apus apus can be seen clicking the last link. Another shot is given on TRAKUŞ.
Thanks for your visiting and have a nice weekend to all of you.

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Hello Ahmet,

Superb capture of this bird, great moment, and the wather reflection is just magnificent, indeed a speedy machine, very good colors and details.
Thanks for sharing.

I wish you a nice weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-17 9:36]

Hello Ahmet,
Great photo of this drinking Swift. Very sharp and beautiful colours. Excellent timing and composition.

Ahmet hocam bu açı daha iyiymiş, gözü bile parlamış, enfes yakalamışsınız, elinize sağlık, selamlar

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-17 9:48]

Merhaba Ahmet dostum,
What a great capture!
Superb action shot of an Apus apus drinking in flight (these swifts do almost everything in flight!)
Great action as it trails its open bill along the surface of the water. The colours and lighting, including the catchlight ing the eye are fantastic!
Well done my friend,
Cok tesekkür ederim ve eline saglik,

Hi Ahmet,

Wonderful in flight capture of this swift.
The detail is good and the reflection in the water is very nice.
Great capture and TFS


Hello Ahmet,
fantastic photo, great dynamics, perfect colors, great contrast and sharpness.
compliments and thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2010-04-17 10:21]

Bu da çok güzel olmuş dostum
emeğine sağlık

Merhaba Ahmet hocam,

Mükemmel bir zamanlama ve beraberinde getirdiği mükemmel bir çekim.
Suyla dans edişi ve sudaki yansıması çok süper bir görüntü oluşturmuş.
Havaların hız makinesinin su üzerinde de bir sörfçü edasıyla estetik hareketler yapabildiğini idrak etmiş olduk.
Paylaşım için teşekkürler,
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-04-17 10:51]

Hi Ahmet
Waw....what a great shot!
Fantastic moment of hunt!
Great details and colors of this little bird!

Hi Ahmet, this image looks very heavily cropped but never the less it is a brilliant one.Very difficult to execute as well in my view! Well done !
George Veltchev

Merhaba Ahmet, fantastic action shoot, splendid reflections, wonderful natural colors, very well done, have a good week end my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ahmet,
Fantastic! congratulations! and shoted at 1/3158s! awesome!

Hi Ahmet
What a speed have this bird!
\This is one of the most suggestive capture for a bird habitude!

Çok net ve güzel bir çekim olmuş
harika yakalamışsınz elinize sağlık Ahmet hocam.

Hello Ahmet,
Fantastic capture in flight. Natural colours and good details.
Wonderful composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-04-17 13:02]

Hi Ahmet. This is a fine picture of the Swift taking water while in flight. Your timming was spot on. I love the spray of water . Very well taken TFS this rare sight.

Selamlar hocam,
Güzel bir zamanlama olmuş,

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-04-17 14:38]

Müthiş.. tebrikler hocam..

Hi Ahmet
incredible shot
Congrats and Tfs

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-04-17 15:56]

Hi Ahmet,

I have never seen a bird drinking while in flight - this is fascinating. Wonderful timing to capture this Swift in action. We can sense the movement from the wing positions and the splashes. The reflections are superb. Excellent colors and shadings and good details. I love the eye!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-17 18:40]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet,
this bird capture is so stunning. So well captured in splendid moment. You have really given the evidence in a professional skill. Nice reflection and superb view.
You have maximise the use of this powerful lens and it gives an exciting and special result.
I like the beauty in a lively manner.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-18 4:02]

This is great capture, what a timing and follow-up, great pose of the bird captured well. tfs.

Ahmet bey,çok super bir zamanlama .TFS

hello Ahmet
A super picture on the right moment
great detailsand good sharpness
greeting lou

nefis olmuş hocam, takdir edilesi kare,
hele 600mm dünülünce, maşallah size :)

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-18 9:17]

Hello Ahmet
Wow! Amazing capture in action. Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing

Hy Ahmet
You could not find any onthe good name for this bird! Excellent capture, in fact, is incredible!
My kind regards,

Hello Ahmet,
Great scene taken with natural colors and excellent reflection in water. Well done!

the quality can not be at the top, but that is an extraordinary moment, that you have really good taken
****** compliments Ahmet *******
you were very bravo!!!
ciao sERGIO

great hocam, this one is more beautiful than the other one is in Trakus.

Hi Ahmet,
what a great capture of the drinking Swift.
This could not been an easy shot, you was on the right place and in right time. This kind of shot is high up on my wish list but I doubt I ever will get one.
Congrats to great shot, mf


Merhaba Ahmet,
what a fantastic capture of Apus apus taken from an excellent POV with a great timing, very good sharpness and bright colours, a very nice composition with a spectacular reflections, very well done
Tebrik enderim
Best regards

Hocam merhaba

Çok özel ve mükemmel bir çekim. Son bir kaç haftadır her tarafta varlar. her şeyi ile mükemmel bir çalışma olmuş. Söylenecek pek bir şey yok.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-28 12:25]

Hello Ahmet,
What an impressive capture of the Swift admiring his reflection in the water! :-) Amazing timing and details are very clear and the light beautiful.
Well composed too. They are indeed 'swift' birds!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

hocam bu karedeki ayrıntılar bir ustura keskinliği kadar net olmuş..

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-12 6:56]

Ağbi tebrik ederim... Mükemmel bir aksiyon... 600 zorlar uçarda ama :) güzel olmuş

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