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Recurvirostra avosetta - Kilicgaga

Recurvirostra avosetta - Kilicgaga
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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: 2009-09-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM + 1.4X II TC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-27 23:44
Viewed: 3841
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
RECURVIROSTRIDAE is a family of wader birds from the order CHARADRIIFORMES. It contains two distinct groups of birds, the avocets (Recurvirostra) and the stilts (Himantopus and Cladorhynchus). The family is represented in Turkiye by two species. One of them, Himantopus himantopus - Uzunbacak [TR], Black-winged Stilt [EN] which I have posted in several times (photo 1, 2, WS (3), 4).

Today's post belongs to second species, Recurvirostra avosetta - Kılıçgaga [TR], Pied Avocet [EN]. This large wader breeds in temperate Europe and Western and Central Asia and migrates mostly to Africa or southern Asia for wintering. Some remain to winter in the mildest parts of their range (e.g. S Spain and S England).
In Turkiye, it breeds in suitable habitat of Central and Eastern Anatolia and also laguns in Western and Southern Anatolian coastal zones. It is a resident bird in these coastal regions. In last winter, I also saw them in Hirfanlı Damlake in Central Anatolia.
R. avosetta prefers brackish and salty shallow lakes, marshlands and laguns.
It usually feeds and breeds in small groups. The bird on the shot fed alone in a small natural pool near Kulu Lake (Konya Prov., Kulu District). But I saw some others at the distance of several hundred metres.

The shot was taken in early stage of my trip that I have came back today. It was from almost eye level using by Canon 600mm f/4 plus Canon 1.4X teleconverter, resulting 840mm. I hope you will like it.

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Üstad harika olmuş, seninkine yaraşan bir fotografı hemen yanıbaşına koyma şansı bana nail oldu :)

hello Ahmet
very beautiful with elegance creature, your presentation in this morning haze, with the particular lighting and colours,is wonderful!
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-28 0:41]

Hello Ahmet,
Very good and beautiful photo of this Pied Avocet taken from an excellent low POV. Beautiful light and natural colours. Good sharpness an details, OOF BG and composition.

Hello Ahmet! Wonderful scene. Good POV and composition. Perfect exposure. Original work. Well done!

Merhaba Ahmet,
a wonderful picture of Recurvirostra avosetta (Avocetta in italiano) taken from an excellent low POV with good sharpness and fantastic warm colours, a very pleasing composition with a great posture and a fascinating atmosphere.
Best regards

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-09-28 2:52]

Nefis tür nefis kompozisyon, ellerinize sağlık Ahmet hocam.
Selamlar saygılar...

Hi Ahmet

Excellent composition here on this fine shot of an avocet. Good sharpness and excellent contrast between the bird and the brown background.


Selamlar hocam,
enteresan bir tür eklemişsiniz.
elinize sağlık.

hello Ahmet
super composition with good light and good sharpness
very soft BG.
and beautiful colours
greeting lou

I am so speechless....
This is so beautiful, my friend!

Beautiful portrait--lovely lighting.


Hello Ahmet,

what a very nice picture from you.
Good pov and details in the white feathrs.

Fine warm colours.


Hello Ahmet
a fine capture of this beautiful bird, i like his pose and the great details on this Avocet
the brown BG gives this shot a strange atmosphere
Have a good night

Salam Akhi Ahmet,

A great capture with beautiful coloration & details. Great POV & BG.

Very nicely done & Shukran katheeran!

Best Salam & regards


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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2009-09-28 23:08]

What a very nice shot my friend well done .
with best wishes

Hi Ahmet
very nice light but above all just perfect compo

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-29 3:53]

Salam Akhi Ahmet,
hope everything went well with you trip.
this shot is very outstanding, the backgrpund is siply breathtaking. It is so lovely and softness is so fascinating. What a composition. so beautiful .
The details od the bird is terrific.
Excellent presentation.


NB: Salam Syawal with 6-day fast

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2009-09-30 1:44]

Çok etkili...

Hy Ahmet
This is an extraordinary image with this beautiful bird, taken in a good low pov and with natural colors. It stands very well against the warm colors of the bg.
Kind regards, Oana

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