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Dendrocopos medius - Ortanca Agackakan

Dendrocopos medius - Ortanca Agackakan
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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: 2008-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots, Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-06 16:00
Viewed: 6066
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As you know, summer is very good time. All living things appear and breed. We hear birds' songs and we see their young. But it is not a good time for office works. Most of my time also is spent out of office and I must go to field study as a zoologist and academican. So, I have not enough time for TN. My special thanks to all friends, who wrote critiques and visited my posts.
In last week, I visited to investigate some dragonfly (Odonata) species in some places in Niğde and its neighbour provinces: Adana, Mersin and Aksaray. Actually I am a batman and not an odonatologist:) My purpose to help to odonatologist Gert Jan van Pelt, my friend, from the Netherlands. When we looked for some species, I also took many photographs of various groups: from butterflies to birds. But I will post them later. Today I continue to post for my previous Denizli-Muğla trip seri.
This is Dendrocopos medius (Linnaeus, 1758) - Ortanca Agackakan [TR], Middle Spotted Woodpecker [EN] from Honaz Dağı [Mountain] National Park (Denizli). The hole was used by Sitta krueperi Pelzeln, 1863 – Anadolu Sıvacısı, Küçük Sıvacıkuşu [TR], Krüper's Nuthatch [EN]. Nest of the woodpecker was located almost 1 metre above on same tree. Probably hole which used by the nuthatches was open by the woodpecker. But now it belonged to another species. When the woodpecker roosted near tree hole on the photograph, the fight between woodpecker and nuthatch started and they captured each other with their bills. I also observed that nuthatches made same thing with domestic sparrow. You can see Krüper's Nuthatch which nesting in the hole on my previous post.
I hope you will like. Best wishes to all of you.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-06 16:19]

Hi Ahmet,

I haven't seen a woodpecker in months. They must leave the desert for the summer. It is so nice to see this beautiful one in a perfect pose giving such a good view of the face. Beautiful colors - his red head is wonderful. Fine details of the face and plummage. I keep expecting to see a little head peep out of the hole.


Hi Ahmet,
Excellent capture of Middle Spotted Woodpecker with great pose and composition, sharp details and good lighting and colours.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-06 17:05]

Hola Ahmet.
Hermosa foto de este Pajaro Carpuntero. La pose en el tonco del arbol y el hoyo muy bien fabricado lucen de maravilla. Gran nitidez e iluminacion en la imagen.
Saludos Ahmet.

Hi Ahmet,

Excellant shot of a woodpecker. I liked your POV for the recent hole the pecker has bored into a tree stump. Light & sharpness is just about perfect.



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-06 21:47]

Hello Ahmet

I am impressed by how round that wood pecker hole is.
Lovely pov and dof.
The focus is sharp with super detail.
Well composed in the frame.
A very beautiful presentation.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-06 22:28]

Merhaba Ahmet,

Oldukça güzel bir kare. Renkleri, gaga, göz ve tırnak ayrıntıları muhteşem. Kompozisyon, arka fon ve detaylı bilgiler de eklenince enfes bir çalışma olmuş. Eline sağlık.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-06 22:56]

Hello Ahmet,
I always enjoy seeing new species! This is a very fine capture of the Middle-spotted Woodpecker by its nest hole. I like the POV and details are very good. Beautiful colours too and well composed. Well done!
Ivan is back late tomorrow and I bet he'll have a nice one for his 400th! Thanks for your greeting!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-06 22:59]

Hi Ahmet

A lovely shot - great pose with very good detail and colour. Timing patience must have been key here.


Dr bu kuşu hatırlıyorum, Memlekette güzel bir ağaçkakan da ben çektim. Yakında vizyona giriyor. Eline sağlık dostum. Selamlar

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-07 0:26]

Hi Ahmet.
I like the shot so much. First I try to take similar shots more than two year. The result is null. Second, you managed to create an amazing picture and I am very glad for you. I am impressed with beautifulness of lights and colours, impressive 3D-effect, razor sharpness of the so attractive details. Bravo and best regards.

Ahmedim selamlar, nefis bir ağaçkakan enstantanesi. Detaylar, netlik mükemmel. Eline sağlık.

PS. Salih UNDP projesinin sonuc raporunu acilen bekliyor.Bir sen bir ben kalmışız. Bilgin olsun:D

Güzel bir kuşumuz ve güzel bir kare Ahmet hocam. elinize sağlık.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-07 3:16]

Hello Ahmet, After a long time I am seeing a woodpecker as Jane pointed out. Wonderful shot. Ganesh

Very nice work Ahmet,
Everything looks fantastic, nice blend of light & shadow.
Technically right on the money as they say :)
Have a great week,

oooo hocam nefis bir tür bana hala kertik..
umarım yaylada çekeriz bunu ve son noktayı koyarız..
Nefis bir foto olmuş..

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-07 5:14]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Harika bir ağaçkakan fotografı.Çok iyi yakalşmış ve görüntülemişsiniz.Detaylar,renkler,gözdeki canlılık ve arka plan mükemmel.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-07 6:00]

Hello Ahmet,
What a beautiful close photo of this Woodpecker. Great details, light and colours. Very good composition and POV.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-07-07 12:13]

Tür de fotoğraf kalitesi de mükemmel olmuş.
Elinize sağlık Ahmet bey, selamlar.

Oooo Ahmet ,nefis bir tür bu yaw , fotoğrafta harika olmuş , tebrikler dostum .

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-07 14:54]

Hello Ahmet!
What a superb shot of this Woodpecker!
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Very well composed.
Nice and natural colours :-)

Well done,

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent work...
As if the bird is posing next to its hole:-)
Beautiful and educational...

Merhaba Hocam,
Harika bir fotoğraf olmuş, her açıdan çok güzel. Elinize sağlık.

Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
Sorry for the delay, my friend! kind of busy!
many thanks for this wonderful posting of Nuthatch in a very good closeup of it!
the lighting truly beautiful that achieved perfect sharpness, wonderful colour and details in the shot
I liked the red feather on the head!
many thanks
take care on your field study and my sincere regards

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-07-09 6:19]

Süper yakalamışsınız, elinize, gözünüze sağlık.

Hi Amhet,
This is an impressive capture! Exposure, details, rarity of the subject are stunning! . This is so beautiful to see them close to their natural habitat; so close to their cosy homes...! Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-13 2:01]

Merhaba Ahmet,
An excellent portrait of D. medius, the pose, POV, sharpness and lighting being first class. I have photographed the Middle-spotted Woodpecker in Lesbos, but that was through my telescope and it is nothing as good as this. However, like this, a dead Poplar tree trunk was used.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best wishes my friend,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-17 11:12]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Bunu gormemistim. Guzel yakalamissiniz, emeginize saglik

Salam Ahmed. Thanks for taking some time in my gallery with your busy schedule. You capture here is excellent. You must be very good with birds. This is just flawless with the nest well seen and the sharp detail against the pleasant muted background. Well done and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

Woodpecker and his home? Very good photo.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-12 4:10]

Salam Ahmet,
such a great nature shot that shows the species, the habitat and its habit. All 3 in one.
Excellent presetation and superbs photographic lements-clarity, composition, colours and highly skilled.


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