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White-headed duck- Dikkuyruk

White-headed duck- Dikkuyruk
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Copyright: serhat karaca (KARACA) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 12] (83)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 400mm f5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-21 7:47
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Points: 34
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Hi everybody,

This is my first photograph in Trecknature. I am working as Dr. Research Asistant at Department of Animal Science in Yuzuncu Yıl University, Van city in Turkey. Bird photography is my favorite hobby in my spare time.

This photograph was taken in a very small lake of Van city in eastern Turkey one week ago. I observed these duck approximately 1 month for taken a photograph closely and catch its tail when erected because of obtaining a scene suitable for its name that is called Dikkuyruk in Turkish (means straight/erect tail duck). I camouflaged at reedy side of lake that previously determined according to their ramble route. After a waiting for two hours into water depth above my waist, he gave permission to me for taking this photograph. Have a good day…

Information about Oxyura leucocephala;

Dikkuyruk [TR], White-headed Duck [EN] is a rare duck in Europe and Turkey. Chestnut-brown diving duck with long tail, often cocked vertically. Male has white head, black cap and blue bill, swollen at base. Female has pale face with dark cap and cheek-stripe and blackish, less swollen bill.

Oxyura leucocephala is resident in Spain, Algeria and Tunisia. A larger population breeds primarily in Russia and Kazakhstan, and also Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan (likely small and declining), Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, and Mongolia. The population was probably over 100,000 in the early 20th century, falling to an estimated 19,000 birds in 1991, since when numbers have probably declined to less than 10,000 individuals.

It breeds on small, enclosed, semi-permanent or temporary freshwater, brackish or eutrophic lakes with a fringe of dense emergent vegetation, often including Phragmites or Typha species, and a covering of pondweeds (Potamogetonaceae). It is usually found where these conditions occur within larger wetland systems, and shows a preference for areas with extensive areas of shallow water 0.3-0.5 m deep.

This is a diving duck, its diet consisting predominantly of midge (chironomid) larvae and other aquatic invertebrates such as amphipods, isopods and polychaetes (especially in coastal wintering sites). Seeds and the vegetative parts of Potamogeton spp., Ruppia spp. and other aquatic plants are also be taken.

References: page of Oxyura leucocephala in birdlife.org

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-05-21 7:52]

Serhat bey selamlar,
Bu fotogranızla, TN'ye Hoş geldiniz ..:)
Zor ışığa karşın, kompozisyon ve detaylar ile renkleri güzel yakalanmış bir Dikkuyruk.
İyi bir haftasonu, dileklerimle,

Hello Serhat. Welcome to TN
FANTASTIC first photo. Very interesting species. Excellent timing, POV and composition. Wonderful colours and lighting. Impressive sharpnes.
My congratulations,

Hello Serhat,
welcome to TN, you start with a real outstanding picture.
A beautiful bird in a nice and funny.
I like the low POV, did you get wet om you stomach. :-)
It well exposed with accurate White Balance, the colours are nice and natural. Sharpness and DOF are also on top.
Well done.


TNye hoşgeldiniz Serhat bey
nefis bir başlangıç olmuş
nicelerine diyelim..selamlar

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-21 8:48]

Hello Serhat,
What a start at Treknature! Welcome. Great photo taken from the best possible low point of view. Fantastic sharpness, details and composition. Excellent timing. Very good depth of field.
Hope to see a lot more.

Superb photo, well worth the trouble you went to. regards yiannis

fantastic perfect portrait, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-21 9:42]

Merhaba Serhat,
Welcome to TN!
A superb start in this fine capture of a male White-headed Duck.
Excellent low lateral POV taken with nice sharpness and natural colours against a neutral BG.
I look forawrd to seeing more from you!
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Serhat,
Welcome here to TN and your 1st post is excellent. I really like the close-up and the look-'em-in-the-eye poitn of view. Details are excellent and colours are nice. Well done!

great started serhat, welcome here. Beautiful rare bird in great pose and from good POV


hello SERHAT
great sharpness super good details and beautiful colours
Hope to see more of this beautiful picture,s of you
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Serhat
Welcome to Trek Nature and what a wonderful image you chose as your intro posting. The colours and details you captured on this White-headed Duck is brilliant. I am really astounded by the shape and somewhat large size of this bird's face and it also reminds me of a mimic artist's face. This is a truly remarkable image. If this is the type of images you are going to share in the future, I am glad you joined the site. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-21 13:57]

Hi Serhat,

Welcome to TN. You made an excellent start. Outstanding photo of an extraordinary duck with bride colors and splendid point of view.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-21 18:58]

Welcome to TN.
Very fine portrait of this lovely duck with excellent colors, the blue beak is special. tfs.

Hello Serhat ,
Welcome to TN .

Excellent photo of this rare duck species .
Congratulations .

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-25 0:31]

Serhat Bey TN'ye hoş gelmişsiniz,harika bir başlangıç olmuş.Açısı,pozu,netliği ve renkleri ile gözalıcı nefis bir çalışma.Emeğinize sağlık...

netliği, detayları, renkleri ve sade kompzisyonu ile güzel bir doğa fotoğrafı olmuş, elinize sağlık.

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