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Great Spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo
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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: 2007-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-29 0:50
Viewed: 4608
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Clamator glandarius
TR> Tepeli Guguk
Great Spotted Cuckoos of any age are unmistakeable. They are shaped like 'common' Cuckoos but are plain creamy below, boldly spotted with white on the wings and have an obvious crest and contrasting dark face mask. In juveniles, the head is black, not grey, the throat is yellower and there are obvious rufous patches in the primaries. They spend much of their time in dense bushy areas and might be easily overlooked except in spring when they often perch in the open or call noisily.

Summer visitor most often seen in open country with scatttered trees and bushes but also in any wooded areas which support Magpies - the chief victim of their brood parasitism.

A rare vagrant to Britain. 39 records in Britain and Ireland up to the end of 1995.
Restricted to just a few parts of France (eg the Camargue), Italy and Greece but much more widespread in Turkey and, especially, Iberia. It is particularly abundant on the country lanes around Caceres, Extremadura.

56-66,000 breeding pairs, mainly in Spain.

Source. http://www.birdguides.com

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Hi Selen
Really good shot of this Great Spotted Cuckoo. Nice details, pose and colours. Maybe next time when I visit your country weather is little bit more comfortable so I can explore rich bird life :)

I am always impressed with how clear you manage the eyes and feather details. Even at the distance this seems to be, you got it right. Never seen a cuckoo before.
Have a safe trip back home, and enjoy the time you have in Prague !

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-29 1:18]

Hello Selen,
a decent shot of this Cuckoo.
Sharp with good detail in the feathers even from a long range.
Natural colours.
Well done,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-08-29 1:27]

Hello Selen,
there is hardly anything to add from previous comments. A great capture of this cuckoo. I wonder if you've taken this one with a tri- or monopod. My images with the 100-400 are a little disappointing concerning to sharpness. MAybe I have wnot such a steady hand.
Regards, JAcob

so simple and so beautiful. TFS Ori

gözündeki ışıltı ve renkler güzel olmuş.eline saglık selen.

Hola Selen,
Preciosa toma de este bello ejmplar, bella composición, con gran nitidez y fantástica luz , bonito el detalle del brillo en el ojo. TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Selen

Great shot of this cuckoo
Well composed and good details


Hola Selen.
Una preciosa captura con magnífica nitidez.
Perfecta presentación en diagonal.
Buen bg y acertado DoF.
Un saludo, JL.

Merhaba Selen,
Very good composition in size of the beautiful bird in the whole frame, I loved it!
perfect sharpness, exposure, focus, colour and details
very well done and thanks for sharing

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-29 7:30]

Hello Selen,
Very fine capture of this beautiful Cuckoo. Even though shot from a fair distance focus is excellent and details sharp. Nice light and lovely colours too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Selen
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect focusing,lighting and compo,
Fantastic colors and POV.Welldone,friend.


Merhaba Selen have a nice trip in Prague. What a wonderfull catch in superb light with a good pose and catchlights tfs Selam Necip

Hi Selene,
Lovely Cuckoo image.
Well done but I wish it was closer to me to se it's beauty better. TFS
Safe travels

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2007-08-29 23:11]

I Selen,

Never seen this bird. Nice shot, nice details. TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-29 23:37]

Hi Selen

A lovely shot of this Great Spotted Cuckoo. The detail is excellent, whilst the branch bisecting the frame works really well.

Sorry I wasn't able to help with the information you needed about Rwanda.


Have been away in Austria for a few days.

Beautiful, crisp and clear. To desirable a little closer - you did the best job with the situation and delivered a beautiful shot! Cheers, Klaus

Netlik ve renkler şahane
elinize sağlık

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-09-01 15:37]

Selen, this is very nice.

Excellent composition, catchlight and pov.

The sky as a bg is great.

I enjoy sharpness and exposure too.

Hola Selen, una buena captura del clamator glndarius. En España lo conocemos como "Críalo". Es una especie muy llamativa, sobre todo en el caso de los jóvenes como en esta magnífica foto tuya. Muy buen POV y DOF. Un saludo.

José Luis

Hiç görmediğim bir tür. Çok güzel fotoğraflamışsın. Netlik çok iyi. Tebrikler. Mustafa

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-05 6:47]

Hello Selen,
The Great Spotted Cuckoo is a species that I hope to photograph one day. This is a fine capture of a juvenile, the lighting color, blue sky BG and composition on the sloping branch all being excellent.

Great shot,very well done.
I love the diagonal and the POV.

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