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Merops apiaster - Arikusu

Merops apiaster - Arikusu
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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: 2007-09-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-01 15:25
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I wrote in one of my previous post, Merops apiaster L., 1758 – Arıkuşu [TR], Bee-Eater [EN]
is one of my favourite bird species with colorful plumage and red eyes. It is one of two Turkish Merops species and the most colorful bird species in Turkiye.
Other Merops species in Turkiye is M. persicus Pallas, 1773 - Yeşil Arıkuşu [TR], Blue-cheeked Bee-eater [EN] which summer visitor and breeds in upskirts of Ağrı Mts. and Southeastern Turkiye. Later is not colorful as M. apiaster and mainly greenish coloured on its body.

In Turkiye, M. apiaster is a summer migrator and it breeds in almost all regions.

More information was given my previous post of Merops.

As for the story of this image,
I look for it, roosting in natural biotop, e.g. dry branch of a old tree or among green leaves. Many time it gave me many poses, but mostly on power lines. Finally I found it in natural place on photograph. I camouflaged myself under old and colorful carpet when it was far only 4-5m.
I decide to dedicate this shot to my wife Ayşegül who has not known her carpet used which purpose and where:)

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Dr çok güzel bir fotoğraf. Arıkuşunu tel haricinde doğal bir ortamda görüp fotoğraflamak oldukça zor. Güzel bir dalda oldukça yaklaşarak güzel fotoğraflamışsın. Selamlar. Mustafa

Bonsoir Ahmet
Une superbe composition, tout est parfait,les détails les couleurs.Très joli cet oiseau
Félicitations et merci....JP

Great shot Ahmet.
Excellent composition,good detail and colour.
That bird looks as though it has a very sharp beak!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-01 18:46]

Nice capture.Good POV whit sharp details and colors.Nice caychlight in the eye and good DOF.
TFS Michel

Lovely sharp image of a beautiful bird. I wish the light angle were slightly better, but despite the lighting you did a great job retaining color and texture. You might consider adding a switch of canvas in photoshop to the lower part of the frame to keep the tail a little farther from the edge. Very nice work.

-Dave Shaw

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-10-01 22:51]

Wow Ahmet!
Impressive capture, he is so beautiful and majestic
I love its colors, very sharp picture and well composed
the blue sky is perfect.. Well done my friend


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-01 23:15]

Hi Ahmet

A wonderful shot of one of my favourite birds. I find them very difficult to capture well - as soon as I am ready - they have taken off again! Good detail and nice colours.


çok güzel fotoğraf
ben çok uğraştım ama bu kuşu bir türlü istediğim gibi fotoğraflayamadım
renkler,netlik arka plan şahane
elinize sağlık

Ahmet hocam zannediyorum ki artık o kilimi yanınızdan ayırmıyorsunuzdur özellikle arazide :)(şans getirmesi konusunda). gerçekten çok iyi ve burda ışık ve yakınlaşma daha estetik sağlamış fotoğrafınıza.
elinize sağlık

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-02 9:38]

Ahmet, nice shot and lovely composition The frame is beautiful with lovely view. Ganesh

Ahmet hocam merhaba,

Arıkuşunu çok güzel resimlemişsiniz. Birkaç Arıkuşu sürüsü Eylül ayında Ankara'dan geçtiler. Sesleri çok karakteristik mutlaka dikkatinizi çekiyor. Sevgi ve selamlar.

Merhaba my dear friend Ahmet,
perfect exposure and focus that brings excellent sharpness, vivid colour and much details!
great shot indeed!
greeting and best wishes

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-02 11:14]

Hi Ahmet. What a fine shot of this beautiful looking bird. you have captured the detail and colours so well. a nice pose with the bird looking straight ahead. well done TFS.good notes too.

slm ahmet bey.
çok hoş bir görüntü arı kuşunu çok iyi yakalamışsın ellerine sağlık.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-02 12:01]

Another stunning shot. Your framing of the shots is wonderful. Stunning colours and sharp focus



Merhaba Ahmet cok guzel olmus isik ve renkler, exposure, keskinlik, netlik hepsi bundan guzel olmaz tebrikler eline saglik selamlar Necip.

Hi Ahmet,
A beautiful capture of this Bee Eater. Here I have seen some green colored. But this has vibrant colors and you have captured it very nicely with good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Selam Ahmet,
Çok peşinden koştuk bunların bu yaz fakat tellerden hiç inmediler belki 50-60 tane birden.Çok güzel pozlamışsın.Netlik yerli yerinde.Tebrikler.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-04 6:51]

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent capture of aEuropean Bee-eater with a slight disformation of its bill. You caught him all set to fly again, no doubt suspicious of your colorful carpet hide!
Well composed against a blue sky and nice and sharp in good lighting.
Well done and take care,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-04 11:16]

Hello Ahmet,
Very fine capture of the European Bee-eater in a fine pose. Great sharpness and beautiful colours which stand out nicely against theblue sky. Very well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Amhet, splendid bird in great pose with wonderful colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-10-11 15:51]

Quelle belle photo, les couleurs sont parfaites, la composition met merveilleusement bien le sujet en valeur. Bravo!


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-25 16:31]

Selam Ahmet,
Nice shot! Very good colors and good sharpness!
Best regards

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-09-23 16:07]

Hi Ahmet, This is a beautiful composition of a colourful bird which we don't see here in Australia (that i know of). The learning forward aspect and your excellent cropping make this a favorite. TFS. Murray.
PS Appreciated your notes on flying foxes recently.

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