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Falco columbarius - Boz Dogan

Falco columbarius - Boz Dogan
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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: 2010-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -III- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-17 16:40
Viewed: 5431
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Falco columbarius - Boz Doğan [TR], Merlin [EN] is the smallest species of the family FALCONIDAE (FALCONIFORMES) with a body lenght of 24–33 cm and a wingspan of 50–67 cm.
It breeds in northern parts of both North America and Eurasia; namely in the northern Holarctic Region. Some migrates to subtropical and northern tropical regions (southern Holarctic) in winter. It is a resident species in somewhere, e.g. Britania, Iceland, Pacific coast of North America. We also see it in Turkiye during winter period.
The shot was taken in Sultan Marshes from a jeep window. We did not stop the motor, when it escaped.
The genus Falco is represented in Turkiye by 11 species. By the the time, I have uploaded five species. Former posts belong to fallowing species:

...- Falco naumanni - Küçük Kerkenez [TR], Lesser Kestrel [EN],
...- Falco tinnunculus - Kerkenez [TR], Kestrel [EN],
...- Falco vespertinus - Ala Doğan [TR], Red-Footed Falcon [EN],
...- Falco peregrinus - Gök Doğan [TR], Peregrine [EN].

Dedication to my MSc student Elif Ürün (elif) who celebrated her 23rd birthday on 16 February, and her husband Salih Köksalan (skoksalan) who are active members of TN at same time.
Thanks for your visiting.

jusninasirun, ramthakur, goatman04, loot, eng55, Jamesp, skoksalan, nasokoun, siggi, jaycee has marked this note useful
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Salam Ahmet.

The dorsal pov with the headturn is so timely in capture. Very sharp image from 600mm lens. Details of the plumage is so well exposed.

Nicely framed and a beauty for TN.
Thanks for sharing and have a good day.

Turkish, Arabic and Persian words got assimilated into common north Indian languages such as Urdu and Hindi through our common history of the past thousand years or so Dr Ahmet. Your Turkish word "Boz" finds its echo in our language as we too call this bird "Baz".
Considering that you have taken this picture from a moving vehicle, it is a pretty clear image. The plumage of the falcon shows great details and the eye contact is magical.
Well done and TFS.

Sabah El-Khair akhi Ahmet,

This is an excellent capture of this small falcon with beautiful coloration, pose & setting. Well taken & presented.

Shukran katheeran wa-salam!


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-02-17 20:43]

Hi Ahmet

It seems like a real fine capture of this rather smallish Merlin. That piece of prime 600mm
glass had to stretch to reach this diminutive bird and the result are quite pleasing.

The simplistic composition, with only the bird and the mount, ensures that all the attention
remains fixated with the main subject only. The nice sharp details, the evenly coloured BG,
the natural colours, and the spacey composition all makes this a very enjoyable posting.

Well done MF and TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-17 21:38]

Hello Ahmet
Excellent capture of this little falcon, thanks for sharing this beauty

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-18 0:06]
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Merhaba Ahmet Hocam,
Nadir türü çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz.Çok sert bakmış size:)
Fon,sadelik ve kadraj mükemmel.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-18 0:07]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet,
a well composed shot with the pose by the bird staring at you. The feathers and the wings are well shown and the scenery isa very lively.
I like the the eyes and beak areas as it look so stunning.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-18 0:09]

Beautiful composition and lighting. Fine species to see and admire. tfs.

Merhaba Ahmet.
Interesting position of this bird.It look at the photographer.
Nice picture.
Best regards.Alin.

Hi Ahmet

Great pose of this very rare (in the UK) bird.

Nicely captured.

At airport - sorry didn't get time to crit yesterday.

Best wishes


Selamlar sayın hocam,
Tür ve netlik harika olmuş.
Elinize sağlık en güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

Merhaba Ahmet bey
harika bir çekim keskin bakışları gayet güzel yakalamışsınız tebrikler.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-18 7:24]

Hello Ahmet,
Very nice photo of this Merlin in good sharpness and a very good POV with eye-contact. Nice plain BG and natural colours.
Excellent composition.

beautiful portrait, TFS Ori

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-18 9:10]

Very goo work dear Ahmet.
Simple and at the same time wonderful. Amazing soft and natural colours in a very nice composition. Congrats,

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2010-02-18 10:16]
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Sayın Hocam,
Bu hediyeniz beni inanılmaz mutlu etti. Aldıığım en güzel doğum gübü hediyelerinden birisi.şimdi duvarıma da astım:)Doğada görmek nasip olmadı ama syenizde tanımış oldum. Tekrar herşey için çok teşekkür ederim..
Selam ve saygılarımla..

Sayın Hocam,
Duruşu, bakışı, netliği ve göz teması ile göz alıcı bir kare. Elif ve benim için ise çok değerli bir hediye oldu, çok teşekkür ediyoruz.
Sağlıcakla kalın.

hello Ahmet,
very good and beautiful scene and moment, colors and sharpness output are fine, as the focus, it's a good photo!
keep photographing my friend! TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-18 11:49]

Hello Ahmet,
Wonderful shot of this Merlin and you have captured nice details on its plumage. Like its calm pose and intense look. Great lighting and POV to portray it and I like the natural surrounding too. Best regards Siggi

Hello Ahmet,
Wonderful composition of this falcon. You caught nice details with good colors and excellent BG. It is a very nice capture.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-18 15:44]

Hi Ahmet,

What a wonderful shot of this Merlin - it actually looks sweet! I love the pose and the way it is looking at you. It's unusual to see these birds out in the open like this - you took good advantage of a fine opportunity. Nice clear details and natural colors of the face and feathers. Wonderful composition.


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