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Ptyonoprogne rupestris - Kaya Kirlangici

Ptyonoprogne rupestris - Kaya Kirlangici
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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: 2008-07-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-27 18:10
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today, I was on İtulumaz [itulutmaz] Mountain near Niğde city centrum. The mountain is a part of Pozantı Mountain. A village told about cave and bats on its top. Ferhat Toprak, who was my old MSc student, and me drived and walked up to 1940 m a.s.l. We found a small cave and there were some droppings of bats. Unfortunately we didnt see any bat there. But we found some beautiful birds nesting on ceeling of the cave. One of them was Ptyonoprogne rupestris (Scopoli, 1769) - Kaya Kırlangıcı [TR], Crag Martin [EN] (formerly known as Hirundo rupestris) (PASSERIFORMES: HIRUNDUNIDAE). It prefers high mountains for nesting and living. The species is breeding migrator in Turkiye.
The photograph was taken when we didnt see the cave and camera on hand when we climbed. RAW to JPEG and a bit cropped. Last light of the sun were seen on its body. It is very fast flier as like other swallows and swifts.
Finaly, I will be away from TN and you for several days. We will be in field trip for searching Turkish bats.
best wishes to all friends

jusninasirun, Royaldevon, Juyona, siggi, Raptorman, uleko, kaytan, Argus, MMM, izler, boreocypriensis, pilonm, gracious, angela926, SelenE has marked this note useful
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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-27 18:39]

Hi Ahmet , great inflight very sharp and detailed , good color and composition ,thanks for sharing

Salam Ahmet. I am amazed with the notes written about the bird I have never seen before. Even the name sounded strange to me. The shot is really stunning in flight. You have captured in full spreading wings and yest the exposed detail is flawless. Very well metered shot against the spotless blue sky. I like it and thanks so much for sharing. Best regards from Malaysia. Jusni

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-27 23:39]

Hola Ahmet,
splendid capture, beautiful pov. and focus...
great work with good lighting and bg.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-28 0:34]

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent in-flight shot. Great POV and sharpness. Light and colours are perfect.
Best regards Siggi

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-28 1:04]

Merhaba Ahmet,
Uçuş şampiyonlarından biri olan bu kuşun havada bu kadar enfes bir fotoğrafı için sizi kutlarım. Bunun ne güç bir iş olduğunu biliyorum ve hatırladığım kadarıyla sizde bir kare daha olacaktı. Onu da çok beğenmiştim. Yeni karelerde buluşmak üzere.
Elinize sağlık.

Sevgili Ahmet , eline sağlık , çekmesi çok zor bir tür , kuyruktaki beyaz noktaları göstermen güzel olmuş .

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-28 3:36]

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent capture of this Crag Martin - they're not easy to catch in flight! Good focus and details are very sharp. Beautiful light too that's brought out the colours nicely. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Ahmet bey,merhabalar
modeli iyi sabitlemişsiniz elinize sağlık selamlar

Hello Ahmet,

I love to see birds in flight, especially when they have been captured with such fine exposure.
The light on the underside of the wings creates fine tones and emphasises the undulations of the wings. It even has the tiny glint in its eye.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
pl :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-28 12:04]

Merhaba Ahmet,
One of the best in-flights of a these fast-flying birds that I have seen!
You caught this Crag Martin with excellent timing and superb sharpness and lighting.
I great shot!
I hope your field trip is successful.
Best wishes my friend,

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,cok sade ve harika bir kare.Alttan cekim ve isik cok iyi.Ucus rotasi belli,nereye gittigini bilen bir kus :)selamlar ..

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-29 1:30]

Hello Ahmet, Lovely focus on the eyes of the moving bird. Just superb and simply presented perfect. Ganesh

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-29 7:27]

Hi Ahmet
Excellent in flight image.Sharp image with good details in the plumage.I like that catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel
pts tom.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-29 9:27]

Hi Ahmet ,wonderfull capture,the point of view make a difference and the details and colors are impressvie,excellent idea and great realisation,very interesting note too,thanks for share this beauty,Luciano

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-07-29 9:52]

merhaba hocam
çok güzel bir tür hem de uçar
yakalanması zor doğrusu ama üstesinden gelmişsin
eline sağlık
not: perşembe sabah yine çamlıyayladayız bekleriz :)

Ahmedim Kaya kırlangıcını nefis bir uçar pozisyonda yakalamışsın. Çok da güzel olmuş. Eline sağlık.
Kıbrıs'tan selamlar.


WOw Ahmet! What a remarkable shot!!! It is very difficult to photography swallow flying and you dir a splendid job here!!!

Excellent composition, right focus and exposition and 1/1250s was and excellent choice in order to freeze the wings!

Great lighting too!

Good job!!!


Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
Sorry for the delay due to the most nasty storm in this decade sweeping through Auckland for almost a week!
Thank you for this beautiful posting of Crag Martin inflight! the lighting is so beautiful with good sharpness, wonderful colour and details
take care and sincerely regards to you and family in Turkey!
your friend Tony

Hello Ahmet,
Nice in flight capture, good sharpness and depth of field, nice composition and pov, well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-01 6:35]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Cekim aciniz ve poz cok guzel. Tebrikler

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