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Big Head:)
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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 800mm f5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-18 5:47
Viewed: 4381
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 100
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Thank you for your critiques and nice words on my previous post.This Hawfinch was taken nearly two eeks ago at Riva Istanbul.

Big head is the meaning of turkish name this bird:)

Yesterday Our friend Ahmet Karataş(rousettus) wanted a new post from me,and i would like to dedicate this photo to him:)

Have a nice day and tanks for looking!

Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Coccothraustes
Species: C. coccothraustes
Binomial name
Coccothraustes coccothraustes
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Hawfinch, Coccothraustes coccothraustes, is a passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. As its closest living relatives are the Evening Grosbeak (C. vespertinus) from North America and the Hooded Grosbeak (C. abeillei) from Central America especially Mexico, the Hawfinch is sometimes also referred to as the European grosbeak.

This bird breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident in Europe, but many Asian birds migrate further south in the winter. It is a rare vagrant to the western islands of Alaska.

Deciduous or mixed woodland ,including parkland, with large trees - especially Hornbeam - is favoured for breeding,. The Hawfinch builds its nest in a bush or tree, and lays 2-7 eggs. The food is mainly seeds and fruit kernels, especially those of cherries, which it cracks with its powerful bill.

This large finch species does not form large flocks outside the breeding season, and is usually seen in a pair or small group.

The 16.5–18 cm long Hawfinch is a bulky bull-headed bird, which appears very short-tailed in flight. Its head is orange-brown with a black eyestripe and bib, and a massive bill, which is black in summer but paler in winter. The upper parts are dark brown and the underparts orange.

The white wing bars and tail tip are striking in flight. The sexes are similar. The call is a hard chick. The song of this unobtrusive bird is quiet and mumbled

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-18 5:51]

Ömer bey selamlar,
hem kocabaş, hem de kirli gaga ...:)
Güzel kompozisyon, renk ve detaylar mükemmel güzellikte.
Emeğinize sağlık,

hello Omer
super picture with great details and nice light
beautiful colours and nice pose of this great bird
greeting lou

hello Omer

a superb close-up photo of the Hawfinch, fine low POV
at its level, superb focus sharpness and details,
you best close-up photo of a bird, TFS


Ciao Omer, great capture of splendid bird against a lovely blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Omer,
great details of this fascinating bird. Good colours and very sharp.
Well done.

Selamlar ömer bey,
mükemmel bir portre olmuş,
harika bir tür.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-18 6:41]

Merhaba Ömer,
A superb sharp capture of a female Hawfinch. The Turkish name suits it well. The Swedish name means 'stone cracker'
I like the pose, taken from a great POV with fine sharpness, colours and lighting,
TFS dostum,
Kind regards,

Hi Omer.
You captured perfect this bird.
Great details and colors in yours picture.
Best regards.Alin.

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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 7:12]

Hello Omer,
What a beautiful photo! Excellent sharp focus on the head. Superb pose of the bird. Very good POV and composition. Splendid natural colours with a pleasing OOF BG.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-18 7:25]

Hello Omer,
Nice to see a Hawfinch from Turkey too and a lovely and well-timed capture with great focus on the eye. Beautiful light and colours and very fine details too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Omer,

This is a great close up of this hawfinch. The detail is fantastic and so are the colours. It is well composed and the background is nicely composed.
Great capture and TFS


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-18 8:12]

Merhaba Ömer,

Splendid focus on head and beak.
Very well captured and composed.
Good presentation too.

Best regards,

Merhaba Omer,

This is an outstanding capture of this Hawfinch with such fine colors, details & pose. One can even see clearly the tinniest food particles on the beak.

Very well done & presented...Omer!

A great gift to our good friend Ahmet on TN.

Mabrouk & best salam.


ahha:) sürprizin böylesi. çok çok sevindim Ömer Bey. böylesine güzel bir ithaf ve böylesine güzel bir fotoğraf olunca. çok çok teşekkür ederim. elinize sağlık. sempatik bakışı çok güzel yakalamışsınız. renkler, netlik ve kadraj çok çok güzel. sanırım asfaltta denk gelmiş. her iki Riva turumda bir tane bile göremedim. hele önceki hafta bırakın Kocabaşı hemen hemen sıfır ötücüyle dönmüştük. siz çok daha şanslıymışsınız, çok da güzel poz vermiş ve ustası da bu anı çok güzel değerlendirmiş.
malum, Türkçe karakterler çıkmayınca TN başlıklarında Soyadımızı ingiliz usulü ile de olsa Ş ile bitsin diye öyle yazzmıştım. not kısmında karakter problemi yok. gerçi bu haliyle de sakıncası yok. kalabilir.
tekrar çok çok teşekkür eder; saygı ve selamlarımla iyi akşamlar dilerim.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-18 8:39]

Hello Omer
Amazing capture of this colorful hawfinch. Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing

Netlik ve komp. nefis
Tebrikler ...

Koca başın gözünün içine girmişsiniz Ömer Bey, harika bir kare ellerinize sağlık...

Hello Omer,
WOW! this image, wasteful approach everywhere! exceptional result! congratulations! seems that the bird can be touched with the hand!

Hi Omer,
Fantastic detail in the wonderful close up of the hawfinch. I see that your using a very big lens and I have to ask what do you think of the quality that it produces and being at 800mm weighing just a little under 10lbs is it easy for you to tote around?
Paul :)

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-02-18 11:26]

Ömer Bey merhaba,
Muhteşem bir arkaplan,muhteşem renkler ve muhteşem bir netlik.Gerçekten nefis bir kuş fotoğrafı olmuş.Elinize sağlık,
Bi slavên germ,

hello Omer,
thank you very much for your good wishes in my anniversary photo!
what I say for this photo..., top quality impressive close up, excellent scene!
keep photographing! 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 12:13]

Hello Omer,
Superb capture of this beautiful Hawfinch
in a lovely pose. Razor sharp and colours are fabulous. Nice plain background and great composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-18 12:14]

Hi Omer
Now, after I look with attention, I think you have right:the head is indeed very big in relation to body.
But is a wonderful capture, very sharp,with great colors.

Hello Omer
A wonderful bird, with lovely details and colors.\

Merhaba Omer,
what a fantastic portrait of the Hawfinch taken with superb sharpness and perfect focusing, marvellous natural colours, a great management of 800 mm lens, a very pleasant composition, very well done.
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-18 14:28]

Hola amigo,
good pov. and great quality.
detail and magnificent clarity,
greetings Omer.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-18 15:30]

Hi Omer,this is a very professional work,very nice moment and incredible details on the bird's head....just my greats compliments,this perfect pic need a great applause.Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-18 16:11]

Hi Omer,

A wonderful dedication to our friend Ahmet. I, too, always wait to see your next post. You never disappoint us - this Hawfinch is just marvelous. The eye, beak, colors and shadings are fantastic. I've never seen blue on a finch. I love the pose with the marvelous details of the head. The dirty mouth is adorable.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-18 16:19]

Hello Omer,
You have captured this species beauty with this outstanding quality close up portrait. The focus and exposure are spot on here Omer, thank you for sharing.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2010-02-18 18:33]

Hello Omer,
This a great picture, very nice close-up. I like the sharpness of the picture and composition.. Well done


Merhaba Ömer bey, fotoğraf olarak her zamanki gibi mükemmel olmuş.
Elinize sağlık. Saygılar.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-02-19 3:30]

Çok güzel bakmış size :)
Ellerinize sağlık çok nefis olmuş Ömer bey,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-19 4:35]

Hello Omer,
This is really a great picture of the Hawfinch. What a sharpness! And an excellent and unusual pose of the bird surrounded by a very fine colored background. Most beautiful shot.
Thanks and kind regards

Ciao Omer. Best compliments for the excellent detail and the superb sharp. Perfect focus on bird in very good brigh colours.


Goodness, what a head, Omer!
This fresh picture from your camera is yet another masterpiece that sets very high standards in nature photography.
Look at that eye! I don't think one could have a clearer view of it than that.
The angle of natural light also does wonders here.
Thanks and regards.

Dear Omer!

Ahmet had a good idea to motivate you to post a new picture! It's a pleasure to discover it. I particularly like the pose of the bird which is special. Then I like the colours very much. The joyful background suits the bird's colours very well without creating a too vivid impact. This is well seen and realized.

Kind regards


Hi Omer
Your Hawfinch is beautifully composed with the colourful background. The DOF is excellent including the sharp detail and colour. Well done. Keep up the great work!
TFS Janice

Hi Omer

Superb shot of this lovely big-headed finch. Fantastic result from your big lens, stunning sharpness and details, great pose and composition.


Hello Omer
very great shot ! this bird is very beautiful, with superb colored plumage,
his head is well focused
fine pose and lovely BG
Have a great WE

Ömer bey merhaba,

This is the second dedication to Ahmet I comment today. :) But both have exceptional quality, and both are quite unique (the other's Miss_Piggy's bat photo).

A unique post of You, because You used to share images of water birds in most of the cases, not close-ups of passeriformes. But it was worth trying, the shot became perfect, with unbelievable sharpness and details. Absolutely great job MF. Bravo.

Anyway, Hungarian name of this species is "cherry cutter". :)

Friendly regards, have a nice weekend, László

Hi dear omer ,

What a nice shot.
A perfect work, great details and excellent sharpness.
Colours are amazing.

Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-20 3:33]

Merhaba Omer,
very well emphasis on the head and the eyes. The food left on the beak is very dramatic and very detailed. The small lines of the fine feathers are splendid.
what a real shot.


It is always a true DELIGHT to view your MOST LOVELY WORK.
Loved your notes too.
Mario from the COLD.

Hi Omer.

Your work has always been first class. The focus on the Big head is flawless and details are so well exposed.

I like the shallow DoF muting the bg colors very well.

TFS and best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-21 17:30]

Hello Omer,
What an interesting POV you have chosen for this photo. The detail in the head area is exceptional. You can easily see the massive beak as well as fine detail around the eyes. Beautiful natural colors and just the right amount of exposure. Nice job!

another gem in your gallery,Omer
impressive details and chromatisme well managed

thanks ciao sERGIO

Eres un gran artista Omer, o más bien, un gran entendido en fotografía. Como en otras de tus tomas, un gran realismo y la luz en su justa medida. Una toma impresionante, propia de revistas especializadas.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-28 9:32]

Hi Omer.
Outstanding image of the beautiful bird. Pose of the bird is very attractive and sharpness and details of the head are marvelous. I also like fine FG and pictorial colourful BG. Bravo.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-03-24 21:17]

Incredible shot Omer, focus is spot on and the sharpness is so crisp! The perfect lighting gave fantastic tones, well done!


Good to see you haven't got a "big head" with that big lens Omer ;)
Wonderful image with the head clear & sharp, nice head turn..
Two "big" thumbs up :)

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