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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: 2008-04-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-09 2:35
Viewed: 5302
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 133
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This heron is taken at Riva River.(Near Black sea cost of asian side of Istanbul).

Squacco Heron
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardeola
Species: A. ralloides
Binomial name
Ardeola ralloides
(Scopoli, 1769)
The Squacco Heron, Ardeola ralloides, is a small heron, 40-49 cm long with 82-95 cm wingspan. It is of Old World origins, breeding in southern Europe and the Greater Middle East. It is a migrant, wintering in Africa. It is rare north of its breeding range.

This is a stocky species with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed in flight, when it looks very white due to the colour of the wings.

Their breeding habitat is marshy wetlands in warm countries. They nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. 3-4 eggs are laid.
These herons feed on insects, fish and amphibians.

Camera:Canon 1d Mark III
Lens:Canon EF 500mm +1.4 TC
Spot metering
AI servo mode

Have a great week and thanks for looking.

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Great photograph

Ömer bey mükemmel bir balıkçıl. Sanki dans ediyor:) harikulade! Ellerinize emeğinize sağlık.


Hello Omer,

Excellent capture of this heron. Excellent sharpness. Great timing with a superb pose of the bird. Wonderful colours with a great natural environment.

the moment is fantastic here Omer,
good capture, good composition, exelent dof, nice to look at, very good photojob here, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-09 3:14]

Merhaba Omer Bey,
Zamanlamaniz ve yakaladiginiz poz cok guzel. Tebrikler

Hello Omer,
Like the rest of them, this absolutely stunning picture of a Heron taking off was worth waiting for.
I have yet to see so much clarity and precision in the picture of a flying bird.
The posture of the bird is so elegant one can't stop admiring its beauty.
The wings in the posture look like the petals of a white flower.
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece of a picture.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-09 3:34]

Hello Omer,
A fine capture of the Squccao Heron at take-off. You caught the wings from an unusual POV, to create a fine effect. The technical aspects of this image are excellent with fine lighting and the composition is perfect.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-09 3:58]

Hello Omer,
What a splendid and well-timed capture of the Squacco Heron taking off and dispalying its beautiful white wings! Great focus on the eye, very sharp details and wonderful colours against a beautiful contrasting background. Excellent work!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hola Omer, muy bonita fotografia, el dinamismo, el color, la luz y el fondo es muy bueno. Un saludo

Hi Omer,

Good photo.Lighting, sharpness and definition are excellent.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-09 4:45]

Selamlar Ömer Bey fotoğraflarınız yakaladığınız enstantane ile ve ustalığınız ile muhteşem. Bu da onlardan birisi. Elinize sağlık.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-09 5:22]

Merhaba Ömer bey alacanın tam kalkış anı çok güzel olmuş netlikte yerinde ellerinize sağlık.

Merhaba Omer, beautiful Heron in lovely take off pose, fascinating composition with splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-09 6:28]

Hello Ömer,
Wonderful moment, great timing and pose. Excellent sharpness and very beautiful contrasting colours. POV, DOF, composition and BG are very good.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-09 9:26]

Hi Omer,

Another stunning photo! I have never seen a heron caught in a position such as this. The wings are beautiful. Wonderful colors, details, and setting.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-09 9:52]

Hi. Very short on time tonight so just a note to say a great picture. TFS.

Hello Omer
This is a splendid capture displaying that you dont need the fastest shutter speed to achieve perfectly sharp details...Very Very impressive indeed.
Best Regards

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-06-09 11:15]

Hi Omer,
a very good action shot you have presented here. That is a rare photographer skill, to catch the right milisecond for the shot. It is so interesting. Well done!
Best regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-09 15:14]

Hola Omer,
excelente captura y original pov,
buenos detalles,

Hello Omer. This one looks like our Chinese pond hereon. Excellent sharpness in spreading wings for the take off. I like the sharpness of your usual quality post in full spread wings. Nice shot and thanks for sharing. Regards. Jusni

Merhaba Omer,
First class quality of the Heron in taking off!
perfect moment with the sharpness, good colour and details in the image
many thanks for the sharing

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-09 23:25]

Un bon réflexe. Bravo.
Bonne journée.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-10 0:12]

WOW, look at those lovely wing feathers. Beautiful capture Omer, well composed and a good action shot
Thank you

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-10 1:36]

Omer, I tried many times to shoot such shot. Always failed and you have comeout with such a superb shot. Excellent focus and look at the eyes hmm. lovely sharp picture. Ganesh

Hi Omer,

Excellent capture of Squacco Heron taking off. Very good composition, POV, eye contact, sharp details and excellent natural colours.



Hello Omer,
Fantastic capture of the Heron in its natural habitat with perfect focus, POV and DOF.Plenty of details in the plumage and good natural colours.You have done an excellent job of capturing it at the exact time it took to wings.
Thanks for the share,

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-06-10 8:51]

Hello Omer,
A beautiful image. Well composed and great timing, good depth of field to retain wingtip to wingtip focus. The upper wing has a few hotspots, if you use Shadow/Highlight adjustment in Photoshop and set Shadow to 0, Highlight to 13/9/1 it will recover the detail there.
Best regards,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-10 11:34]

Hi Omer,

Great shot of the Heron taking off.
I love the pose with the wings floating around the bird, they look like a dancers cape.
Nice details and lovely colours too.


Splendido ritratto di sgarza ciuffetto pronta per il volo, eccellenti POV e composizione, ottime nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, bellissimi i colori e l'ambientazione. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-10 14:34]

Hi Omer

Great pose combined with great framing. Well seen and captured.


Excellent exposure and colors Omer, great action captured!
Really like the pose as the bird prepares to take flight, nice timing in your shot. I like the composition as well, with the birds natural habitat very attractive and adding nicely :)
Very well done,

Merhaba Ömer Beynefis bir fotoğraf elinize sağlık. Bahadır

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-11 8:16]

Hi Omer,
excellent composition and a superb natural setting, very well done indeed.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-11 11:12]

Hi Omer,
Wonderful take-off shot of this elegant Heron and you have had it with great timing and skill. Very impressive sharpness, colours and details and I like the natural surrounding here. Superb handling of lighting and exposure levels. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-11 13:36]

merhaba omer
tur guzel cekim de oyle hemde aksiyonlu
poz, bakis acisi, renkleri ve netligi basarili olmus
eline saglik

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-11 23:54]

Hello Omer,
You have shot just in the right moment which gives an interesting dynamic to the picture. The decentred composition is great and the colours are very natural and so beautiful.
Excellent work
Bonne journée

Hi Omer,
You caught a lovely moment here as it began its takeoff.I like the soft light and the DOF is just right as to seperate it from its background.Good detail and clarity.....TFS.
Regards, David

Salut Omer
Belle image de ce héron .Excellent compositon , les couleurs et le details sont tres bien.Belle prise d'action.
A bientot et merci pour le partage...JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-12 21:07]

Hello Omer

Just marking the post for now


pek sık göremesek de her defasında harika kareler gönderiyorsunuz Ömer bey. bu güzel alaca da pek bir güzel olmuş. özellikle kanat açısı çok güzel. elinize sağlık, selamlar.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-13 7:52]

Hi Omer.
You have created a true masterpiece. I am impressed with your art shot a lot. Amazing scene, terrific pose of the bird and posture of the wing. FG and BG are wonderful too. Colours are fine, delicate and pleasant at high range. Exposure also as well as the reproduction of the white feathers are fantastic. Bravo. Great job.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-06-13 14:40]

Hi Omer,

Excellent action shot. Great timing and excellent focus, very nice work!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-14 13:57]

Hi Omer

This is stunning! The shutter speed helped you freeze the action and your timing was great capturing that amaing pose. What more can I say? Technically perfect and just a beautiful image



A GREAT & an OUTSTANDING image and a lovely note to accompany.
Friendly greetings,
Mario from Calgary.

Nefis bir kare Ömer Bey elinize sağlık.

Hello Omer
Magnificent capture of this charming heron. This photo is stunning, and I like the sharpness and details you got on the plumage. The moments "freezed in action pose" resulting in a splendid photo. The facial expression is impressive. A well focused, well framed and well presented image. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
My best regards.

Missed this one, Omer:-).
You didn't apparently.
Nicely done!

very precisely taken in wonderful smooth motion.
Excellent. Thank you!
With best regards,

Ömer Bey tekrar selamlar. Harika bir an ve hareketi çok güzel dondurmuşsunuz. balerin hareketi:) resmen. Çok tatlı bvir kare. Elinizxe sağlık.

bonjour omer
l'oiseau est tres bien figé dans son mouvement,la netteté est parfaite sur l'ensemble du sujet,et le BG assez flou pour rendre la photo agreable.

Bu da harika bir cekim. denildigi gibi bir balerin guzelligi var. elinize saglik.... cypturk

Bonsoir Omer
Je suis ravi de faire passer la barre des cent points à cette photo qui le mérite bien : superbe composition et très jolie attitude de ce héron.

Just absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful photograph!

Hi Omer
A nice action shot! The detail is nice and sharp. I like the soft lighting, it brings out the colour rather well. Excellent DOF and POV. Well done.
TFS Janice

Your gallery is great!
This picture is very eyecatching. Good job on freezing the bird in such an interesting pose. Very good details and composition too.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-01 12:55]

Hello Omer
What a nice capture for beautiful Heron in flight. Colors, focus, eyes contact and POV great. TFS Best regards

Waooo ... qué equilibrio en esta toma !!
Un buen enfoque a pesar de la distancia y una correcta velocidad de disparo.
Excelente conjunto.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Omer,
WOW! this is incredible, superb sharpness and depth of feild, beautyiful natural colors, excelletn composiotion and great action.
well done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-22 1:55]

Hi Omer,
a graceful flight with a lovely and gracefull shot by you. Very sharp image rendered and excellent composition.
Brillliant shot Omer.


Hello Omer !
Another great bird shot from you ! You have frozen the heron at the perfect moment, when he's about to fly away, that's great. I also like the composition, with space around the bid to see his natural environment, and the colors are very natural. Very well done !

Dear Omer,
You have done great job on TN by adding such photographs. TFS.

hello Omer

excellent photogrphy and superb timing from you
to shoot the take off of this heron, shot with fine POV,
and framing, excellent sharpness and details,
i love the determination on the glance of the bird, TFS


WOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!What a shot, Omer!
Perfect timing, superb POV!

Ömer Bey,
Tebrikler harika kalitede bir alaca balıkçıl.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-12 22:58]

Hi Omer!

What a superb picture! It's so dynamic, real wildlife photography! I love the action in the picture, it's clarity and the subtle lighting. It also could be used for aerodynamic studies, it shows the wings profile at best.

Kind regards


hello Omer
exceptional moment little before the take off,the light and how it elects colours and the details also very good,
another wonderful photo from you

Merhaba Ömer bey,
Wonderful capture of Ardeola ralloides ("Üstökös gém" in Hungarian) in action. Absolutely excellent timing and sharpness. A bit more contrast to the background (and a bit of noise reduction, too) would be fine, but with or without them, very nice work overall. Thanks MF, and congrats for the great job.
Best regards from Hungary, László

Ömer bey selamlar,
Gerçekten mükemmel bir fotoğraf hatta daha ötesi.. Çok güzel bir anda yakalamışsınız.. Tebrikler görüntü çok hoş..Emeğinize sağlık..

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