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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 800mm f5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2-, aquatic birds! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-02 23:51
Viewed: 6182
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN friends!
First of allThanks for the comments and nice words on my previous post.
This photo was taken at Ballikayalar Lake.
Thanks for looking and Have a great day!

Ruddy Shelduck
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ruddy Shelduck

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Tadorna
Species: T. ferruginea
Binomial name
Tadorna ferruginea
(Pallas, 1764)
Casarca ferruginea
Anas ferruginea
Casarca rutila

The Ruddy Shelduck, Tadorna ferruginea, is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. In India it is known as the Brahminy Duck.

There are very small resident populations of this species in north west Africa and Ethiopia, but the main breeding area of this species is from south east Europe across central Asia to southeast China. These birds are mostly migratory, wintering in southern Asia.

Male & Female at Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.Although becoming quite rare in southeast Europe and southern Spain, the Ruddy Shelduck is still common across much of its Asian range. It may be this population which gives rise to vagrants as far west as Iceland and Great Britain. However, since the European population is declining, it is likely that most occurrences in western Europe in recent decades are escapes or feral birds. Although this bird is observed in the wild from time to time in eastern North America, no evidence of a genuine vagrant has been found.

This is a bird of open country, and it will breed on cliffs,in burrows, tree holes or crevices distant from water, laying 6-16 creamy-white eggs, incubated for 30 days. The Ruddy Shelduck is usually found in pairs or small groups and rarely forms large flocks. However, moulting and wintering gatherings on chosen lakes or slow rivers can be very large.

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Gloucestershire, England.The Ruddy Shelduck is a distinctive species, 58–70 cm long with a 110–135 cm wingspan. It has orange-brown body plumage and a paler head. The wings are white with black flight feathers. It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck. The sexes of this striking species are similar, but the male has a black ring at the bottom of the neck in the breeding season summer, and the female often has a white face patch. The call are is a loud wild honking.

In captivity this species is generally aggressive and antisocial and is best housed in pairs unless in a very large area. Then it may mix with other species, although it will still be feisty at breeding time.

The genus name Tadorna comes from Celtic roots and means "pied waterfowl", essentially the same as the English "shelduck".

In Tibet and Mongolia, Ruddy Shelduck is considered sacred by the Buddhists. It is also a sacred animal in Slavic mythology.[citation needed]

In Hindi and Urdu (India/Pakistan) it is called Surkhab.

The Ruddy Shelduck is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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hello Omer!
another enjoyable moment from you, the truth are that I be jealous with the 800mm, the attribution of colours and details is simply exceptional, wonderful scene and photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-02 23:59]

Hola Omer,
gran captura,
calidad de foco y vívidos colores.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-03 0:18]

Ömer Bey günaydın:) Tam patenaj olmuş. Muhteşem bir kare.
Emeğinize sağlık.

Ömer bey, tam bir aksiyon karesi. Ne güzel konmuş suya.
Detaylar renkler herşey süper. Elinize sağlık.

ohh.. belgesel gibi fotograf Omer bey. elinize saglik.
izlemesi cok keyifli.. paylasim icin tesekkurler. Selamlar.

Hello Omer! Wonderful bird, very fine note, amazing scene, good momment, very good exposure. Well done!

hahaha:)))) muhteşem dostum. Süper... kendini jet sandı sanırım. Frenler tutmadımı ne? sıkı patenaj çekmiş:)
Süper dostum.
Eline ve emeğine sağlık.
Bugün sana komşu olmayı da başardım:)


Ömer bey günaydın. Gerçekten insanın yüzünü güldüren nefis bir aksiyon karesi.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-03 0:47]

Hello Omer,
What a fantastic photo! Everything looks pretty perfect to me. What a timing! The technical quality is superb in all aspects.
Straight into my favorites.

Hi Omer!

Congratulations for this original shot. The title suits the picture very well, and I also like the humerous aspect. Moreover, the picture is of great quality and your notes are interesting and instructive.

Kind regards


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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-03 1:01]

:) Harika Ömer ağbi, ne denir ki tebrik etmekten başka. Emeğine ellerine sağlık..
Selamlar saygılar,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-03 1:12]

Hello Omer
Amazing capture with great action, vivid colors and perfect focus.

Hello Omer,
a fantastic picture of Anas ferruginea taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, very pleasing composition with a wonderful plastic posture of this splendid bird, you have managed the difficult lens with a very good timing; i insert this one into my favourites
Best regard

A fine landing shot indeed Omer, good frozen motion and nice saturated colours in perfect focus. A good job indeed my friend!

Hello Omer,
Fantastic landing! The warm colors, the sharpness are so beautiful. Unusual rich tones. Congratulations,

Hello Omer,

Excellent action capture!
The details are amazing and this goes straight into any textbook on wildlife...
Well framed situation, super details and vivid colours!

Pablo -

Hello Omer,
a very good picture, taken in the right moment.
It's a bit funny, I have a old picture here on TN of a mallard in same position and almost with the same title. ;-)
Water skiing mallard
The pictuer is well composed with god exposure and WB,
the colours are outstanding.
Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-03 6:18]

Hello Omer,
Brilliant and very well-timed capture of this beautiful Shelduck. Wonderful light that accentuates the colours. Great details too and a fine composition!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Omer!
Probably one of the best landings I've seen! Excellent timing!, Whit 1/1500s has achieved a magic picture. Very beautiful colors, interesting light. Very good moment, and very good composition!
**Excellent note!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-03 7:14]

Wonderful duck!
Great details and colors.
The position is very dynamic!

Ciao Omer, lovely bird in nice pose with open wings, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-03 7:35]

Duruş anını harika bir şekilde görüntülemişsiniz, ellerinize sağlık Ömer bey.

hello Omer
this is Super
great sharpness and very good light with beautiful colours
very good BG.
greeting lou

Ömer bey su kayağında son nokta:) muhteşem bir fotoğraf.
Tamamen aksiyon dolu bir kare. emeğinize sağlık.

Ömer bey, olağandışı güzellikte bir sahne. Sadece belgesellerde görebileceğimiz türden.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

hello Omer

AOUTCH ! what a excellent and beautiful close-up photo
of the Ruddy Shelduck on his water landing action,
fine POV, superb focus great sharpness and details,
i love the warm colour tones of its plumage,

i see that you where with your 800mm fix lens,
ah Omer if you would be a little bit more back
to include the bird's reflection on the water
i think the photo would be more and more excellent,

TFS alot


Ömer bey. tek kelime ile "mükemmel". Süper zamanlama. Obturatörün hareket dondurma etkisini çok güzel kullanmışsınız. Eee usta olmak kolay iş değil tabi.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-03 11:12]

Merhaba Ömer Dostum,
A superb capture of a male Ruddy Shellduck landing on the water taken from a great POV to show the breaking action of the feet. The technical quality is excellent and the lighting makes the colours rich and attractive in this fine composition.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best wishes,

Harika bir aksiyon karesi, netliği duruşu, tam anlamıyla usta işi ellerinize sağlık...

Hello Omer,

an good image from this duck with good pov and dof with fine colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-03 11:56]

Hello Omer.
Amazing landing shot. This is great. Excellent composition, perfect details and sharpness of the duck. vivid colours and wonderful colourful excellently blurred BG.
Best regards Siggi

Omer bey. gercekten cok neseli ve gulduren bir fotograf... su yuzeyinde resmen kayak yapar gibi:).. elinize saglik. İyi aksamlar...

Hola Omer,
tus tomas son sin duda una delicia y un compendio de un buen gusto y depurada técnica. En ellas aprendemos los menos inexpertos y como no, tomamos ideas para mejorar. Simplemente preciosa.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Omer,
it's incredible. Your duck is smoothing the water surface after skidding with the tail feathers...This is what I consider a master shot. The high action, the precise moment you took the picture, all is reunited for this high mark I give the picture.
Omer, I'm sorry for the absolutely surprising and extremely stupid outcome of the Swiss popular vote, stirred up by the extremist right. I will visit Turkey next spring by bicycle and I can only hope that your people will not let me feel their justified anger too much.
My best regards to you

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-04 5:01]

Ömer bey selamlar,
Çok da, güzel bir kompozisyon oluşmuş ...!
Güzel zamanlama, güzel fotograf.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

Merhaba Omer,

This is truly a Fantastic capture with such beautiful colors, sharpness & graceful setting. Excellent POV, pose & composition. Very well taken, presented & great timing.

TFS & best compliments.

Best regards & salam


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-04 9:19]

Hi Omer.
Simply amazing pictured moment. What a nice timing. Exposure of the image is spot. Wide range of colours are reflected perfectly. Lights and colour palette are also fine as well as details of the shot. My compliments and TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-04 12:42]

Hi Omer,wonderful timing! And wonderful quality too,incredible sharpness and details,fantastics warms colors,a very great masterpiece! My best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

Hello Omer,

Superb capture.
Colours,light and timing are fantastic.
Good composition.

Hello Omer
What a beautiful action shot, i love the superb pose of this Ruddy Shelduck, landing in the water, the bird is well focused
wonderful color saturation
thanks for sharing this great shot and have a good night

I too have registered this species here in Alberta; however, I canot even begin to compare the quality of my images compared to the one I'm looking at.
This one is absolute PERFECTION!!!
Loved the notes too.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-05 15:17]

Ömer Bey harikasınız yine.
Valla insanın nutku tutuluyor bakınca,o kadar güzel.Gerçekten hem zamanlama,hem netlik hem de renkler muhteşem olmuş.Bir "vay be!" çekeyim izninizle...Çok çok tebrik ediyorum bu güzellik için.

Wonderful duck!
Great details and colors!
Unusual position!

Great moment to capture this butterfly.
Nice and funny title.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-07 2:31]

Hello Omer,
I like this vivid shot showing the animals in full action..and this one is very funny and shows a perfect "watering" of this beautiful duck. The light you caught is so beautiful, the picture well composed and with excellent sharpness. Must be a special creature, antisocial and agressive..
but not in nature I suppose
Kind regards

I am so sorry that I've been on and off on TN, my brother Omer!
I do hope all is well with you...
This shot is simply amazing!
The timing and DOF are stunning!

Ömer Bey merhaba
bu harikulade kareye yorumu bilerek geciktirdim. Hayranlıkla izlediğim fotoğraflarınızı sıkça göremeyince, arada bir mesaj yazmak için birisi olsun kalsın diyorum:) müthiş bir zamanlama ile çekilmiş nefis bir kare. gönülden tebrikler. keskin detayları, renkleri, yanısıma ve kadrajı son derece güzel. elinize sağlık. yeni karelerinizi en kısa zamanda görmek dileğiyle, sağlıcakla kalın, selamlar.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-12-14 10:14]

Harika :o))
Tebrikler ve selamlar

Hallo Omer
Wonderful movement of the skiing Ruddy Shelduck captured here. It looks if this duck slammed on breaks with all its might and opened its wings to form a parachute to break the speed. I like the white in the duck's plumage as it breaks the dark colours in the image. The dark black beak reminds me of leather and the polka dot eye is stunning, as it looks so much up and about. Maybe it was the impact in the water that gave the duck such a fright that its eyes wanted to pop out. – Ha-ha, only joking. Thanks for sharing this lovely image filled with lots of "action". Best regards.

Nice action capture Omer, looks great.
I've always wondered what it would be like to have the reach of the 800mm..
For now I must settle for my 300mm f/2.8 + 1.4 crop factor x 2x tele :)
Merry Christmas!

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  • Abyta Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 34] (130)
  • [2009-12-25 23:30]

Merhaba Omer,
Everything looks perfect, very good light, beautiful colors,
Duck is amazing in his posture...
Best regards,

very nice capture, greetings Ori

Hi Omer.

You don't just captured birds but you did it with grand style. Top drawer and excellent image.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-19 16:38]

Hello Omer,
Fantastic timing on this outstanding image. He has his flaps down and is doing the tail drag braking. The camera work here is top quality Omer, thank you for sharing this with us.

Günaydin Ömer bey,
Fantastic action shot. You managed to capture just the rightest moment, when the bird isn't yet in the water, but already not flying. Absolutely superb shot and technical skills, the view of natural water skiing. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

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