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Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 2:28
Viewed: 4254
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Western Marsh Harrier
Circus aeruginosus
TR: Saz delicesi

The marsh harriers are birds of prey of the harrier subfamily. They are medium-sized raptors and the largest and broadest-winged harriers. All breed in dense reedbeds.

The Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), often simply called the Marsh Harrier, breeds widely across Europe and Asia. It is migratory except in the mildest regions, and winters mainly in Africa. It hunts small mammals, insects and birds, surprising them as it drifts low over fields and reedbeds.

The Western Marsh Harrier is a typical harrier, with long wings held in a shallow V in its low flight. It also resembles other harriers in having distinct male and female plumages, but its plumages are quite different from those of its relatives. The male has wings with grey and brown sections and black wingtips. Its head, tail and underparts are greyish, except for the chestnut belly. The female is mainly brown with a cream crown and cream leading edge to her wings.

Being a good bit bigger than the Hen Harrier, the Marsh Harrier can take a wider variety of prey. During the breeding season his hunting area is reduced and it must take advantage of local abundances. At that time he concentrates on marsh birds and small mammals which are easily caught, relying on surprise rather than speed. The Harrier generally quarters flat areas at a height of only a few metres, always taking advantage of cover, sometimes hovering or performing impressive aerobatics before dropping with claws outstretched. Prey is sometimes spotted from a low perch.
Birds taken include poultry, ducks, waders, coot, moorhen, water rail, gulls, young pheasants and partridges, and songbirds and their young. Mammals include voles, mice, rabbits, moles, rats and young hares. Frogs are also important.

Status and behaviour in the wild
This species is a bird of swamps, marshes, flood plains or rice fields and reed beds. On migration it is much less likely to be seen in dry open grassland than other harriers and principally follows river valleys or coasts, though it must cross dry areas sometimes.

In its breeding areas, like other harriers, it spends a lot of the day on the wing, although probably less than many other harriers. It flies higher than other harriers, usually at ten to fifteen feet, and in a less buoyant and easy manner, though it has the harrier habit of gliding with wings held well above the level of the back.
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Hi Selen
You did great work by capturing this Marsh Harrier in flight with excellent details.
TFS / Regards

Hi Selen

Fantatsic capture of this harrier. Impressive sharpness, that's a great lens you have. Great eye contact and the POV and composition is also very good.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-16 2:57]

Wow! Incredible image Selen!
You've captured this flying Harrier with superb sharpness and clarity.
I love the out-stretched wing :)
Lovely warm colours and perfect lighting.
Great composition as well.
Excellent shot!
Well done,

Hola Selen,
Excelente toma de esta impresionante rapaz, muy buena la composición con el ala totalmente extendida mostrando todo el cuerpo y la cabeza con gran definición. TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Selen merhaba,
Pazartesi bu kuşu çekmek için epey uğraştım ama bir türlü istediğim gibi denk gelmedi. İyi bir ışıkta güzel bir açıyla yakalamışsın. Eline sağlı.

Çok güzel..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-16 3:38]

Hello Selen,
This is a beautiful capture of the Marsh Harrier with the light falling on the underside of the wing. Good focus on the eye and sharp details. Well timed and well composed!
TFS, Ulla

Nefis bir altkanat detayı Selen Hanım, aydınlanma da çok iyi olmuş, genel kompozisyon da, kutlarım.

Hi Selen,
I don't know how you do that... How can you see so many raptors and how can you capture them so nicely? This kind of picture is not easy to do and your in-flight shots are always so close, so sharp, detailed and well composed. I envy your skills and those opportunities you have :)! Congrats!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-16 5:43]

Hello Selen,
Excellent sharp in-flight capture of a female Marsh Harrier: I like the wing position and composition against the blue sky.
Well done and thanks for sharing.

Hi Selen
Wonderful action capture
Fine detail
Nice color
Great catchlite
tfs jon

Great in-flight shot of the WMH. I like the slightly tilted position he has taken. Nice sharpness considering his motion speed and distance. Great job.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-16 7:46]

Hi Selen,
Wonderfil in-flight shot and you have captured a fine moment. Awesome details on its wings and you have used the natural light to make it glow. Perfectly freezed with superb DOF and excellent POV. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

Hello Selen,
Impressive wing and...Western marsh Harrier.
Well composed. Nice blue sky.
Well done

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-16 8:54]

merhaba selen
tur guzel ucari karesi de oyle
kanat alti detaylar icin guzel bir sunum
kompozisyon, isik, renkler ve detaylar basarili
eline sağlık

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-16 9:00]

Merhaba Selen hanım,netlik, göz teması ve kompozisyon çok güzel olmuş, elinize sağlık.

merhaba Selen Hanım,
yırtıcılar-raptors konusunda akif beyle başı çekiyorsunuz. ikinizden de harika yırtıcı çekimleri geliyor. darısı başımıza.
güzel ışıkta çok güzel bir çekim olmuş. netlik ve renkler gibi komposizyon ve göz teması da çok güzel. başarılı bir çalışma olmuş. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-16 11:26]

Hello Selen,
Excellent and impressive photo of this Marsh Harrier. Great warm light and colours and fantastic sharp details. Composition, BG and POV are beautiful.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2008-01-16 12:02]

Hello Selen,

Wow! What a wonderful shot of this Harrier!!! You got an excellent POV in order to have both the sharp profile of the bird and the underwing greatly shown! Nice blue sky surrounding the animal enhances so well the picture!

Great job!


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-16 12:12]

Hi Selen,
lucky you to be able to take pictures as this one. But then again, knowing what you've posted before I know it's no luck at all....just skills!
Great image!

Merhaba my dear friend Selen!
Nicely captured of the Harrier with the broadest-wing!
yes, the wing is real broad alright!
good sharpness with wonderful colour and details in the shot
a very pleasant presentation indeed
many thanks

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-16 13:51]

Merhaba Selen hanım saz delicesinde böylesine güzel detay almak müthiş doğrusu çok güzel olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

Hi Selen
Your images never cease to amaze me and this is no exception, wonderful in flight shot of this marsh harrier, with excellent detail and amazing fill light under the wings just beautiful, all the best Cheers Rick ;)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-16 20:48]

Hello Selen

A super in flight capture of this marsh harrier.They can be difficult to get close too.
Excellent sharp focus and details.
The expanse of the wings is impressive and the feather detail is wonderful.
Excellent lighting.


  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-17 3:31]

Hello Selen,

wonderful flight capture of this harrier. Underwing details are so clear and exposure is very good. POV,BG,Compo are perfect.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-17 4:36]

Hola Selen,
preciosa captura,
bella acción y pov,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-18 1:29]

Hi Selen,
another amazing shot from you, the contrast between the blue of the sky and the Marsh Harrier here is very striking!Perfect sharp focus and exposure, well done!
Have a great weekend,

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-01-18 6:49]

Merhaba Selen hanım,netlik, isik, renkler ve detaylar basarili

Merhaba Selen, I really like the pov and pose of wing movement. Youve got some nice detail & light on the wings. As usual, composition is very good. Selamlar Necip

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-19 10:35]

Hello Selen, it's hard to beat that ! :-) Perfect light and exposure, great details, very sharp. A true masterpiece of inflight bird shot ! Well done, thanks.


Mighty hunter on the prowl.... Beautiful bird!

göz göze gelmişsiniz. netlık ve renkler çok iyi eline saglık selen

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-26 12:23]

Hi Selen

Stunning in-flight shot. Beautiful sharpness and frozen movement. Amazing pose captured



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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2008-01-31 1:15]

Impressive detail and sharpness. Looks like a crop but excellent. Selamlar,

Hello Selen , very sharp and highly detailed photo for this dark bird , TFS and good luck .

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