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Long-legged Buzzard

Long-legged Buzzard
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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: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-06 3:44
Viewed: 4178
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Long-legged Buzzard - Buteo rufinus - Kizil Sahin

The Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) prefers the dry open plains of Turkey, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary and feeds mostly on small rodents, although it will also take lizards, snakes, small birds and large insects.
It is similar in appearance to the Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus), but larger in size (approximate length 60-65cm / 24") and more robust. There are many different colour forms, but usually Long-leggeds have clear orange tint to plumage, red or orange tail, pale head and largely white underwings. There is usually a distinctive black carpal patch and dark trailing edge to wing. Rump and trousers are often dark or deep rufous. Plumage varies from ghostly pale individuals to very dark birds. Some plumages are almost similar to those of the Steppe Buzzard, the Eastern subspecies of the Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus), but Long-legged Buzzards have longer wings and are more like Rough-Legged buzzards or even a small Aquila eagle.
Open, uncultivated areas, with high bushes, trees, cliffs or hillocks are favoured as nesting areas. Younger birds disperse north of breeding grounds and there are records from Northern Europe.
(Source: Bird Life International and Bird Guides)

Canon EOS 20D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure Time: 1/2000 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 400 mm
Date Taken: 2007-02-25 15:25
taken handheld

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Hola Selen,
Fantástica imagen, el encuadre, la luz, nitidez y detalles son excelentes. Un cordial saludo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-06 4:13]

Hello Selen,
Wonderful shot of this Buzzard in beautiful light which make the wings look almost transparent. Very sharp and lovely colours. I like the POV too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-03-06 4:29]

Hi Selen,
excellent details and composition,
the eye prominantly stands out, as if looking at you,
good work :)
Cheers :D

Hola Selen,estás realizando una fantástica serie de esta preciosa ave, Las captas perfectamente en vuelo, con unas luces muy bonitas. Enhorabuena y un saludo.

José Luis

hi selen,
nice shot ofthe bird in flying,
the sky makes nice bg, the light passing thorough makes the shot beautiful,
nice clear shot, i can see the eyes clearly,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-06 8:00]

Hi Selen,

Magic photo of this buzzard. I think this bird is watching you as it is flying over. The lighting is very good and very sharp. My compliments!


hi selen!
good shot on this fine bird
and the light is really great
fine composition
well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-06 8:29]

Hello Selen,
Fine in-flight capture of a Long-legged Buzzard with excellent POV and wing position, the head being super sharp to focus on a vigilant eye, that becomes the focal point of the composition.
Well done and TFS!

Hello selen,
well captured excllent details very crisp I really like this POV alot well done

TFS kyle

Hi Selen,
A good in flight.
No signs of underexposure; you must have got a lot of light at your disposal.
Well done...

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-06 10:27]

Merhaba Selen,
I think this is one your best buzzard photos because the color is right there. Feathers are almost glowing. There's something in the way it's looking at you.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-06 11:35]

Hi Selen,

Well captured inflight with nice colors and good sharpness,well done and TFS


Hello Selen
What a great flight shot of Long-legged Buzzard,Excellent sharpness and lighting,


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-03-06 13:26]

Bonsoir Selen
Trčs belle prise, une nouvelle fois en vol (chapeau), excellente gestion des couleurs et netteté.
Amicalement Robi

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-06 14:42]

Merhaba Selen,
Tek kelime ile harika.Ters ışık,detaylar,gözdeki canlılık,herşey 4/4lük.Selamlar,ellerine sağlık!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-07 4:10]

Hi Selen

Another "house special" from you ;)
This, too, is a splendid in-flight, that really gives a wonderful impression on the pattern and colors of this long-legged buzzards under-wings.
The fact that you have got that much light in these regions is realyl amazing and i have to congratulate you for this wonderful exposure and metering work.
Really lovely and sharp details and also a blue BG that work like a charm.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-07 6:46]

Hello Selen,
What a beautiful inflight capture with very nice details and colors.
Points tomorrow

Bonjour Selen,
Excellente prise de l'oiseau qui est superbe dans ce beau ciel bleu et les détails du plumage sont excellents.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Wow Selen,
Look at this eye!!! You seem to be so close of this bird, this is amazing. I really envy you to have so many of them as I previously said. This is a very good and clear capture with nice POV, composition and we can appreciate some nice wing's pattern. Well done!

Hi Selen,
Great shot! I realy likte the compositon and the nice colours. Good sharpness and lighting too!


Impressionnant animal. Espérons qu'il n'attaque pas le photographe.
Bonne journée.

Gözler muhteşem, tebrikler

Hi Selen,
it's of course public knowledge that you are an amazing photgrapher. Here again, you even forced the sun to shine just exactly at the right angle so the bird would become transparent (or maybe you forced the bird ...). I learn from you to apply a UV filter. I think that the sharpness could be improved somewhat in PS. I did a workshop, see whether you like it or not. Your picture has only 90 kB, which means that you reduced it more than necessary (200 kB limit), losing some information. Thanks for letting us TE watchers see your pics.
My best regards to you,

Gözlerindeki pırıltı ve kanat detayları harika eline saglık Selen.

Hi Selen , Eyes and Claws are perfect , Thanks

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