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Pernis apivorus-Ari Sahini/Honey Buzzard

Pernis apivorus-Ari Sahini/Honey Buzzard
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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: 2009-10-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-13 9:06
Viewed: 4662
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pernis apivorus -Arı Şahini [TR], Honey Buzzard [EN] is a prey bird of the family ACCIPITRIDAE (FALCONIFORMES) as like many other diurnal raptors e.g. vultures, kites, eagles and harriers.

Despite its name, Honey Buzzard is not related to the true buzzards in the genus Buteo (e.g. B. buteo), and is closer to the kites (e.g. Milvus migrans).

It is a summer migrant to most of Europe and western Asia, wintering in tropical Africa. It is a specialist feeder, living mainly on the larvae and nests of wasps and hornets, although it will take small mammals, reptiles and birds. It is thought that honey buzzards have a chemical deterrent in their feathers that protects them from wasp attack. The specific name apivorus means "bee-eater", although bees are much less important than wasps in its diet.
This species follows precise migratory routes that avoid large expanses of water over which it cannot soar. Accordingly, great numbers of Honey Buzzards can be seen crossing the Mediterranean Sea over its narrowest stretches, such as the Gibraltar (Cebel-i Tarık) Strait and Istanbul Boğazı [Strait].
Hatay is important for bird migrations and it is located in the most south of Turkiye and in the most north-eastern corner of Mediterranean Sea. Migratory birds, which come from Europe to Turkiye by the way of İstanbul Strait and come from the Caucasus, pass on Belen Pass in Hatay and go to Africa for winter period. In spring, same route is use to come back to the north.
I captured this shot at the end of last autumn migration on Ziyaret Mountain of Yayladağı District, Hatay Prov. My locality is close to Syrian border, approximately 10 km.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-13 9:08]

Hello Ahmet
Another great capture of a predator.
Thanks for sharing

Wonderful capture this Honey Buzzard!
Great details and lovely colors!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-13 9:26]

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent photo of this Honey Buzzard in a very nice pose with eye contact. Good natural colours and sharpness. Great composition.

hello Ahmet,
600mm and a very good result, a very difficult photographing, me I have continuously unsuccessful results with predators, it's a photo with fine details and colors output!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-13 10:02]

Great capture this wonderful Pernis apivorus!
Details and colors are beautiful!
Great work!

Hello Ahmet,
Excelent capture of this bird during his flight. Good colors and sharpness for a difficult photo.

hello Ahmet
you can take the bird in the air super good
great details and good sharpness
greeting lou

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-01-13 13:35]

hi Ahmet,
superbe image en plein vol, je suis admiratif de la technicité et du résultat. Bonne netetté et couleurs naturelles.


Merhaba Ahmet hocam,

Çok özel bu şahin türünü çok başarılı görüntülemişsiniz.
Kanat detayları belirgin ve uçar pozisyon eşliğinde güzel bir çalışma.
Benim de en sevdiğim kuş türleri olan yırtıcılar grubuna ait bu güzel çekim ile ilgili paylaşımınız için teşekkürler.
Emeğinize sağlık.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-13 15:05]

Hi Ahmet

Superb action shot with wonderful detail and eye contact.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-13 15:41]

Hi Ahmet,

Another wonderful in-flight of another bird I have not seen before. The colors and shadings of the wings are magnificent. This Honey Buzzard is quite handsome with his strong looking face. I love the position as he flies through the grayish sky.


Salam Akhi Ahmet,

An excellent in-flight capture of this Honey Buzzard with beautiful colors, sharpness & pose. Very well taken, composed & presented. TFS & aharr el salam!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-13 19:02]

Hola Ahmet.
Hermosa foto dificil de lograr, sin embargo aqui se logra una imagen de alta calidad y nitiez. La nota escrita es muy educativa.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-13 22:38]
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Merhaba Ahmet Hocam,
Yine 600 lük lensle güzel bir uçar yakalamışsınız.Sırt ve göz detayları çok güzel olmuş.Bir de yan gözle bakmış size:)
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-01-14 0:03]
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Ben bayiliyorum bu kusa. Acisi ve kusun bakisi harika. Cok begendim, ellerine saglik abi.

Ciao Ahmet, wonderful flying predator in superb pose, beautiful capure with fantastic action and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ahmet,

Great in-flight shot of this Honey Buzzard
Excellen natural colors
perfect sharpnes

TFS Thijs

It is such a pleasure to view your work.
Loved your notes too.
Mario from COLD COLD Canada.

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