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Pterocles orientalis -Bagirtlak for UMAR

Pterocles orientalis -Bagirtlak for UMAR
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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: 2009-07-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -III- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-27 13:48
Viewed: 6206
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello my friends,
Today, I upload a special shot for me, since it is one of my favourite captures. By this shot and one of (Vormela peregusna), I applied to a competition for nature (only birds and mammals) photograhy by Turkish Environmental and Foresty Ministry. I could not have degree in first three, but I gain two small prizes and they were in exhibition.

This is Pterocles orientalis - Bağırtlak [TR], Black-bellied Sandgrouse [EN] from the family PTEROCLIDAE (PTEROCLIFORMES). It is a resident bird in eastern, southereastern and Central parts of Turkiye. It prefers steppic and semi-desert areas, but it dosent live in desert.
In last July, Mustafa Sözen (spalaxtr) and me got up earlier before sunrise and went to Muradiye Marshes on the northeastern coast of Van Lake, which is the biggest lake in Turkiye. When we walked closely to lake, I saw a bird in flight. This is one of my dream bird species and I souted "bağırtlak (=sandgrouse)..." with my excitement:) But we couldnt capture photographes nicely focused. It roosted on he ground with a distance of around 100 metres. We tried to come close to it. But it flew. We were sad. One or two minutes later, we saw it in flight and in same route. In this time, we managed to capture it.
It came from the rocky hills to lake shore to drink some water in early morning. On the shot, blue BG belonged to Van Lake and green part below from reed-beds

This is my story. I hope you will like it.
Thanks for your visiting and comments.

Dedication to my dear friend Umar Ulyn (goatman04).

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-27 13:53]

Hello Ahmet.
Excellent shot flying Pterocles orientalis. Great colours, well blurred background and excellent composition. Very good sharpness showing plenty of details in the plumage.
Best regards Siggi

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2010-02-27 14:25]
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Sayın Hocam,
Şimdi Niğde'nin biyoçeşitliliği adlı kitabınıza bakıyordum, hocamın da bağırtlak karesi vardır dedim ve sizin bu türü eklediğinizi gördüm:)Gerçekten çok güzell bir kare...
Elinize, emeğinize sağlık
Selam ve saygılarımla...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-27 15:26]
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Hi Ahmet,you have raison to be proud of this pic,is simply fantastic.I know how isn't easy to take a bird in flight (impossible for me..ehehe)and your work is wonderful...and what a strange,fat and spectacular specie,taken whit great sharpness,light and colors.This is a very professional work,thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-27 16:04]

Hi Ahmet,

I can see why this is one of your favorites and congratulations for this prize winner. I have never seen this Sandgrouse before but this picture is so perfect I will not forget it. Everything about this is beautiful - the wing position, the face, the feathers, the amazing colors and the razorsharp details. I love the green and blue background. Loved the story too.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-02-27 16:52]

Fantastic capture of this grouse in flight, Ahmet.
I enjoyed your story and am glad that you were able to get this shot of your "dream" bird after all.
Great pose with the wings spread out in flight.
Very sharp details, especially for an in-flight shot.
TFS. : )

Assalamualaikum Ahmet.

This is a great shot of bird in flight.
The dedication is perfect against the spotless blue sky.
You have captured great beautiful shots and this outing is fruitful with sharp focus and excellent details.
Nice framing with some space ahead for the bird to fly.

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Hallo Ahmet
Umar should be a very proud man to receive such a lovely dedication and I am sure he will be. I like this image a lot. The separation of green and blue caught my attention as it is beautiful and the colours are striking. I can understand why this is one of your personal favourites, as it is really gorgeous. The details captured of this bird in flight is just tops, especially those lifted wings and the area around the face that is seen so beautifully and with great clarity. This image is indeed worthy a prize for any competition, and although you did win the overall prize, it still remains a winner in my eyes. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-27 22:29]
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Günaydin dostum Ahmed!
A superb in-flight of the Black-bellied Sandgrouse! The POV and well-timed wing position shows the features with excellent sharpness and colours, a species I have always wanted to see.
Thanks amy friend and best regards,

wow, u r so lucky to get this bird in flight, bravo and TFS Ori

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-27 22:47]

Hello Ahmet
Excellent capture. I like colors, details, and perfect focus.
Well done

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-28 0:07]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet,
really a nice capture of this bird. Very elegant and very beautifuil. The sharpness in the eye and the softness of the plumage is the real attraction.
The background too is very captivating.
Well presented in great skills.


Çok güzel bir türün nefis fotosu olmuş Ahmet hocam
eline sağlık bol selamlar..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-28 1:04]

Hello Ahmet,
By far the most beautiful photo of this species I've ever seen. This is the opportunity to see the black breast of this species. Indeed, a real prize winner. Congratulations.
Most of all I like the splendid colours in this photo.

Hello Ahmet,
a very fine in-flight shot, not easy with a 600mm lens.
But you did well, the picture is sharp with fine details.
Well composed with beautiful colours.
Well done.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-28 4:36]

Very fine capture of this beautiful bird in flight, appropriate background. tfs.

Buena captura y un excelente encuadre de esta ave que o conocía.

Saludos Ahmet.

Ciao Ahmet, wonderful flyng bird, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, lovely blurry BG, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Nefis bir türün çok güzel bir fotoğrafı olmuş dostum .
Eline sağlık .

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-28 7:57]

Hi Ahmet
Great capture and lovely dedication for our friend Umar.

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent capture of this superb bird in flight.
The details, colours and focus are great.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-28 14:16]

Merhaba Ahmet,
Bu görkemli yakalamak senin!
Ve özellikle senin POV excelent.Superbe detayları ve renkleri olduğunu.
Seçkin bir makro.
Sessiz bir akşam,

Hi Ahment
A wonderful capture of this Black-bellied Sandgrouse in mid air. I like the angle of his wings so that it is a good view of his entire body and his beautiful markings and colour. Nice sharp details, lighting and POV.
TFS Janice

Dear Ahmet!

I can understand that this superb picture is one of your favourites. It's simply beautiful. The bird is represented with great sharpness and details and this is not easy with a flying bird! Moreover, the colours of the two layers of the background are complementary and create a fine effect. All together is contrastful and harmonic at the same time.

Kind regards


Merhaba Ahmet,
what a fantastic capture of the Black-bellied Sandgrouse in-flight, superb sharpness and great timing, marvellous colours in a very pleasant composition with a very good BG.
Tebrik enderim
Ciao Maurizio

Selamlar hocam,
elinize sağlık güzel bir çalışma olmuş.

Hi dear Ahmet ,
So nice work from flying.
Great details and excellent sharpness.
Very well done.

Best wishes

Many thanks for you kind comment dear Ahmet

Hello Ahmet,
Wonderful capture with this bird in flight. It has excellent colors, very good sharpness and great details. Well done!

Merhaba Ahmet hocam
Her kareniz gibi buda harika çekilmiş
Elinize sağlık.
Selamlar Murat

hello Ahmet,
very good in flight shot, the pose and moment is great, very beautiful colors output and details!
"keep photographing MF!" TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-03-02 3:10]

Ahmet bey selamlar,
Uçar halde, şirin bir bağırtlak kompozisyon ...
Ender adını duyduğum, koruma alrındaki kuş.Özellikle maviden yeşile arkaplan ve renk ile detayları mükemmel güzellikte bir çalışma.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

dear Dr. Ahmet,
Great shot with the shotting story.

Çok temiz bir çalışma,netlik super(hele de uçan bir kuş için çok zor olsa gerek)Tebrikler.TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-03-03 9:19]
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Ahmet bey ellerinize sağlık, pürüzsüz arka fon,harika bir uçar karesi olmuş, üstelik tür de çok nefis.


Ellerinize ve emeğinize sağlık mükemmel bir çekim olmuş. Görüntüyü çok güzel yakalamışınız. Paylaşımınız için telekkürler.

Hello Ahmet,
This is an excelent shot of this little guy, with very good colors and sharpnes, and with the lents youused it ofered grater quality and fine focus, in my opinion it realy worth o prize

Have a nice day

Merhaba Ahmet Hocam,

Fantastic in-flight shot, perfect composition, sharpness and colors. 1/4000 seconds... This is something my bridge camera only may dream of... :) Nice colors and well blurred background, a top class shot overall, and a great dedication to Umar. Tfs.

I checked out Nomenclator Avium Hungariae, because this species is protected by our laws - but no success. It was never detected in our country (unlike its relatives Pterocles exustus and Syrrhaptes paradoxus, although they also visited the Hungarian lowlands very, very rarely. For example P. exustus only once, in 1863). Maybe later...

Congrats, tfs, friendly regards, László

Hi, dear Ahmet.
My congratulations on an outstanding in-flight shot of an amazing bird. Pictured moment as well as a timing are stunning. I am impressed with sharpness and beautifulness of the wingspread of the bird and superb smooth BG. In my mind you are a winner. Bravo.

Hi Ahmet,
When I look at this photo, I quickly understand why it's one of your favorites. The background is perfect! the timing of the bird in flight is impressive amount. The composition with the bird in the lower left corner, it's nice. Good work.
Really a prizing shot! :)

Hello Ahmet ,
very nice picture, excellent sharpness, beautiful colors and framing
nice shot congratulations.
hello Vanni

Salam Alaikom Akhi Ahmet,

I am 2 years late; I did not see it until your notice. I have been away from TN for 2 years. My many sincere thanks for this dedication & beautiful capture. I do appreciate your very nice gesture which I value immensely.

Many sincere thanks again...Ahmet & best salam!

Kind regards


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