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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-5000, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3-, Birds from the Middle East and Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-11 1:02
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Caprimulgus europaeus (Nightjar) [in Turk. Çobanaldatan]

Today a rather rarely seen species on TN and also 1st post from Turkey! During our night searchings in Çığlıkara, I encountered with another “night beauty” apart from the mother scorpion who carrying her childs on her dorsum which I’ve uploaded two days ago. For focusing I used my led head lamp and then I've used the integrated flash for photographing.

This crepuscular bird has finely patterned tree-bark like cryptic plumage that provides excellent camouflage in the daytime when it is inactive. Adults have a flat, wide head, small bill and large eyes that enable them to see in low light levels. Males can be distinguished from females by their white wing patches. Due to their long wings and tail, nightjars are very agile flyers. The scientific name Caprimulgus means 'goat sucker'; the species was fabled to milk goats due to their wide, soft mouths and habit of feeding near grazing animals. This superstition is ancient, dating back to Aristotle. The common name 'nightjar' refers to the loud jarring or 'churring' call of the male, which can contain 1900 notes per minute. A 'coo-ik' call is also given in flight.

This beauty is the only representative of the nightjar family of birds in most of Europe and temperate Asia.

Nightjars hunt for insects on the wing at dusk and dawn, their agility allows them to perform rapid twists and turns in pursuit of their prey. Most of the diet consists of moths, flies, craneflies, beetles, and ants. Nightjars have an unusual serrated middle claw which they use to preen their feathers.

You can find more detailed info on the species from here.

TFL and have a nice Saturday!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


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Günaydın hocam,
Ramazan bayramınızı içtenlikle kutlarım çobanaldatanınız çok güzelmiş. Elinize sağlık. Mt. frog buldum bir adet ergin birazdan yükleyeceğim,

Hello dear!
What an interesting capture! I remember you tried to capture the birds we saw while driving at night from Çığlıkara (maybe we met this one?). Finally you found the way to do it with your head lamp. Great details and natural colours. Fantastic camouflage. Have a nice weekend,

Hello Bayram,
One of the best photos of a Nightjar I've seen so far. Completely isolated from the BG. Most of the time they are good camouflaged. Fantastic colours and sharpness. Beautiful contrasting against the BG. Taken from a very good POV.

amazing capture, TFS ori

Muhteşem! Bu kadar iyi kamufle olabilen bir kuş ancak bu kadar net ve tertemiz çekilebilirdi Bayram hocam. Türkiye'den ilkin size nasip olması da ayrıca bir değer katıyor. Emneklerinize sağlık.


Haha.. superrr dayi.. gece cekimi oldugu birtek gozlerinden belli. Tabi gozleri gercektede boyleyse bilmem. cunku adini duymama ragmen ilk kez gordum. Ellerine saglik. Kapak olsun!:))

Bayram hocam adını duyduğum ama görmediğim bir tür. Ellerinize sağlık. geceden eser yok karede. Saygılarımla,

Bayram hocam herkesin hemen hemfikir olduğu gece çekildiğinin belli olmadığı:) demekki çok iyi çekilmiş. Emeklerinize sağlık. İyi bayramlar hocam.


My first sighting of this species of birds, Prof Bayram.
It is a wonderful capture in the darkness using your headlamp and flash.
The eye of the bird glows like a ruby.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-11 3:34]
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Merhaba Bayram dostum,
Congratulations on this fine capture of the European Nightjar.
The use of flash has helped to show its features with excellent sharpness and colours and its great to see the small feet.
It looks like you have not taken this shot yet, as the date, 31 Sep, does not exist! :0).
Thanks and have a good weekend MF,

Ciao BBB. Best compliments for the rare capture of "succiacapre" in Italian. As usual top quality and impressive focused red eye.


Ciao Bayram, lovely bird with fantastic red eye, fine details and splendid sharpness. very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hiç görmediğimiz bir gece güzelliğini bizle paylaştığınız içiin teşekkürler hocam.
Saygılar ve bol Hayırlı yarınlar:)

Bu gece dilberi az uğraştırmadı bizi hocam:) Çığlıkarayı mesken tutmuş anlaşılan. Emeklerinize sağlık.


What a stunning shot, Big Bro!
Very crisp and beautifully presented!
I love the sharpness and the details, esp. the red eye you've so brilliantly captured!

This surely must be a unique moment to capture and you have manage to be there in the right time friend Bayram! One of those rear lucky moments. Every wildlife enthusiast photographer can be jealous of that! Bravo! The image under those difficult circumstances looks a bit flat and covered with bluish cast in my opinion. This and the red eye can easily be corrected in Photoshop. Your notes as usually are colorful and warm! Have a great day my friend!
George Veltchev

Maybe i'm wasting other points for you, but a great photo is a great photo.Another one, i would say.The red eye is attention grabbing and the plumage is very well presented.Your subject is not the best of beauty, but your photo extracts its hidden charm.

hello Bayram
this is a super sharpness picture ,good details and great colours
very nice soft light
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Bayram,
Fantastic capture with superb colours and perfect details.
Excellent focus, clarity and lovely composition. Congratulation!

Selam my dear friend,
Happy Ramazan. Eid Mubarak. A lovely capture of this beautiful and cute looking Nightjar. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Enjoy the Holiday. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Nice that you had some time to take this shot. And especially intriguing that the bird shows red eye just like humans. While we try to rid of it, it is a natural happening. I like the approach of "what you see is what you get"

Bayram gece engerek ararken cok kismetliymissin.. adini cok duydugum ama ilk kez gordugum guzel bir kus.. ayaciklari ne kadar minnacik oyle:) koca govdeyi nasil kaldiriyorlar hayret..
ellerine saglik canim kardesim..hepimizden selamlar. Yarinki seciminiz de Hayirli:) olur insallah...

Hello Bayram
Excellent, well done, perfect in every way.
You're a Grand
Hello Vanni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-11 16:04]

A new and very nice surprise in your gallery my friend! What an excellent pic and what a great quality,i like a lot the red rubin of the eyes and the perfect focus everywhere.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello litte bro Bayram.

anothe bird pic.
What for one! Grea pov, razor sharpness and detailed with nice eye contact.
Fine colours.


Hi dear Bayram ,
What a nice work.
Superb colours and perfect details.
Well done.
Kind regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-12 4:50]

Bonjour Bayram,
What a nice night-encounter, you have been very lucky that night! A wonderful and special bird with such a subtle plumage, the red eye due to your headlamp being a beautiful color-contrast too. Amazing how these birds just rest on the ground.
A most intersting posting, thanks also for your note
Kind regards

Magnífico trabajo de este joven Caprimulgus ( "chotacabras"
lo denominamos popularmente en España). Excelente luz y colores y oportunidad para poder capturarlo.
Yo también tengo una especie capturada cerca de mi domicilio. Buen documento Bayram.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Merhaba Bayram
it's a exceptionnal shot of a bird that i have seen, superb details on the plumage
fine POV and nice BG
wonderful contrast between the grey color tones of the bird and the red eye
Have a great new week

hello Bayram

great close-up shot of this cute small bird,
with superb focus great sharpness and details,
that small insect in the image it is a plus of the photo,



Hello Bayram,
great capture for this birs. Good details and colors. Congratulations to the difficulty of capturing. Regards, Paolo

Bayram Brother,

Awesome capture of this Nightjar. Very neatly captured. Very sharp image with nice eye contact. This is amazing. I had never seen the colours of this bird with such a clarity. Very well done! Congrats


Hallo MF Bayram,
a very beautiful and interesting capture of the Nightjar, not easy taken a picture of this crepuscular species, superb sharpness in a very nice composition
Best regards

Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Zor bir gece çekimi, ancak mükemmel çekmişsiniz.
Bu kuş çobanları aldatabilir ama sizi asla hocam:)
Uyanık olmayan av pozisyonundaki karınca, habersiz habersiz sonuna doğru yaklaşıyor:)
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

Hello monami Bayram,

WoW! cet oiseau a un rubis à la place de l'oeil.
C'est extraordinaire, il est magnifique!
Le bec est très court, sublime plumes grise et légèrement bleutée.
Remarquable capture et jolie note explicative comme dab...Rare et sublime découverte grâce à votre passion magistrale.
Merci, belle nuit à vous.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-17 13:27]

Yakut gçzlü çobanaldatan:)Nerdeyse üzerine basacakmışsın.
Umarım birgün ben de çekebilirim.
Selamlar,ellerine sağlık..

Ne kadar güzel!Bakmaktan gözlerini alamıyor insan.Gözleri,gagası minnacık ayakları ve rengi ile ilginç bir kuş bu çoban aldatan.
Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

Hello my friend Bayram.
The colors of the eye is marvelous and something I have yet to see before.
The bird is well captured and details are well seen and framed. Thanks for the notes and I might stumble into one at dusk or dawn.
Kind regards,

is amazing bird, difficult to photographed, very fine scene and photo, my best wishes for the new year my friend Bayram! Nasos

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-04 4:21]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
such a difficult capture of this bird. But you managed it very well. I could think of it flying away upon going near to it.
Lovely details and attractive red eye.


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