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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-10
Categories: Birds, Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-11 17:28
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another landscape detail from Nallihan. This time a group of Ruddy Shelducks accompany the dramatic landscape. The area was full of great number of ducks that day. This group was flying so far away from us, but I didn't want to miss the landscape + ducks composition. I gave a bit contrast in Photoshop for the colors of the landscape, hope the birds don't look over exposed like this.

The Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae.

There are very small resident populations of this species in north west Africa and Ethiopia, but the main breeding area of this species is from south east Europe across central Asia to southeast China. These birds are mostly migratory, wintering in southern Asia.

Although becoming quite rare in southeast Europe and southern Spain, the Ruddy Shelduck is still common across much of its Asian range. It may be this population which gives rise to vagrants as far west as Iceland and Great Britain. However, since the European population is declining, it is likely that most occurrences in western Europe in recent decades are escapes or feral birds. Although this bird is observed in the wild from time to time in eastern North America, no evidence of a genuine vagrant has been found.

This is a bird of open country, and it will breed in burrows, tree holes or crevices distant from water, laying 6-16 creamy-white eggs, incubated for 30 days. The Ruddy Shelduck is usually found in pairs or small groups and rarely forms large flocks. However, moulting and wintering gatherings on chosen lakes or slow rivers can be very large.

Canon EOS 20D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Hoya 77mm Circular Polarizing Filter
Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure Time: 1/2000 sec
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 400/1 mm
Date Taken: 2007-02-10 13:14

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To dew77: helikopterSelenE 2 02-12 04:58
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Hi Selen,
What a fabulous backdrop to these flying ducks! You've given us a great image here, the background is sharp enough to make out some details and the ducks themselves are pin sharp, due to the very fast shutter. The extreme angle of view that the 400mm gives us is great for this kind of shot, really bringing out the depth and concentrating us on the action.
Well done, nice PP work also.

Interesting shot Selen.

Excellent perspektive, great colour and composition. Very well done. tfs. Stev

Nice work on those ducks, and the background is amazing. So, where were you standing that you were basically at the same level as the birds?? Nice work


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  • ayk55 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 4] (251)
  • [2007-02-12 1:53]

Fondaki onca detay ve renge rağmen bu uzaklıkta ucan angıtlara netleyebilmen güzel olmuş. Değişik bir fotoğraf. eline sağlık.

Amazing shot!!

Excellent BG.
This shot gives the feeling of migration of these birds.
Looks like watching a program o TV.
Well done,
(it's going on my fovourite gallery)

pts later

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-12 3:18]

Merhaba Selen hanım,
Alan derinliği etkisi ve perspektif unsurlarının ön plana çıktığı mükemmel bir fotoğraf olmuş. Tebrikler, selamlar..

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-12 3:20]

Great flight shot with a cool background. You have done very well focusing on the ducks and keeping the composition straight.
Best wishes,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-12 4:12]
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Merhaba Selen,
Bu angıtları helikopterden mi çektin:)Netlik,kadraj,görsel efekt harika.Selamlar,ellerine sağlık!

Hi Selen ,
excellent work.
great composition , light and sharpnedd.
very well done.
thanks and regards

selen, vous nous présentez une parfaite image, les oiseaux se détachent bien de ce fond de montagne
bonne réussite
bravo et merci

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-12 11:26]
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Hi Selen

This is an OUTSTANDING in-flight!
The BG on this one is totally unique and it looks breathtaking!
It sure is much different from the regulat blue sky and it definately makes a lovely landscape, too.
The colors everywhere are most charming and the DOF and focus on the ducks is amazing!
Oh...you can be sure they are not overexposed :)
Splendid composition...truely spledid!

Bravo and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-12 12:12]

Hello Selen,
What a dramatic background for these beautiful flying Shelducks. I love the colours of these mountains and the focus on the ducks is very impressive. Brilliant composition. You must have been really high up here!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-02-12 13:33]

I just love the background to these ducks. it is excellent. It adds so much depth to the picture it really does.


Super, a group of Tadorna ferruginea, spendid. In Romania it is a very rare species. Very good photo. Bravo. Very good notes. Best regards, Cezar T.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-13 6:56]
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Hello Selen,
I missed this remarkable shot: not only a fine in-flight shot of a group of Ruddy Shelducks, but set against an amazing background. The ducks are sharp and the Bg is just soft enough to emphasize the ducks without becoming neutral.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Selen,
What a razor sharp image. The combination of these ducks flying along the wonderful rocks is simply awesome. Excellent work on the focus and the DOF.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-02-14 11:22]

Le Peuple Migrateur filmi gibi olmuş.
Mükemmel, elinize sağlık.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-16 23:42]

Hello Selen

I love the POV of this shot.I imagine you are on a mountaintop as they fly by.A beautiful in flight capture.The image is crisp.The backdrop is stunning.A top quality shot.TFS


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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2007-02-17 8:02]

Nallıhandaki sevdiğim dağın fotoğrafınıza fon olması beni çok etkiledi...
modelleri ile harika...

elinize sağlık..

great pic, sharp and beautiful, TFS Ori

Fantastic capture Selen. I am sure you were really pleased with this one. The mountains make for the perfect backdrop to this. Almost looks like you are up there with the birds. Very good work..

Selen merhaba , arka planda birşeyler varken önde uçan kuşları netlemek çok zor bir olay , hemde f' i kısıp alan derinliğini atttırarak tüm kuşların net olmasını sağlamak ayrı bir sorun ,tebrikler , bunların hepsini başarmışsın , bol şanslar.

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