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Snake Hunter

Snake Hunter
Photo Information
Copyright: Akif Aykurt (Raptorman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 649 W: 11 N: 1065] (10388)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 300 4.0L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favourite birds of prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-23 9:52
Viewed: 5205
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Short-toed Eagle ( Circaetus gallicus ) Tr :" Yılan Kartalı " means : Snake-Eagle , with its favourite prey at Datca , Mugla , Turkey . Photo taken with 300 mm F:4 L Lens ( Non IS ) plus 1.4X Extender .

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Amazing moment captured!!!
I wish for a shot like this!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-23 11:05]

Hello Akif
What a great capture.Excellent In flight and action image.Perfect POV and very sharp image.Details are good and I just love the Eagle running away whit is meal.Very well done .
TFS Michel

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-23 11:40]

selam akif bey; yılan kartalını avını evine goturken pozlamıssın bu zor işi boylece yakalamak ustalık ister sende bunu gostermissin tebrikler

This is a class picture, the colors and the details on the bird is amazing. i love the blue BG and the eyes of the bird.

Hello Akif,

What a perfect "in flight and action image" Fine details. Nice natural colours. Very sharp image. And you captured him at the right moment. Full in action. Your POV, DOF and BG are oké. Regards and TFS BOB

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-23 12:40]

Hello Akif,
Great shot, perfect timing and fantastic sharpness!
Regards, Dejan

This is a wonderful action shot. You got him in flight with his prey. There's excellent detail of his eye, the talons stretched out (as if he is taking off or getting ready to land) and the wiggling snake. Overall, the composition is terrific as is the subject matter. Wonderful, just wonderful.

ne desem bilmemki. mükemmel Akif bey. elinize sağlık. ikiniz de iyi iş çıkartmışsınız.
Yavruvatan Kıbrıstan selamlar.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-24 2:27]

Hi Akif

This is an absolute wonder!!!
Such a clear image and such a perfect timing! If i had more knoledge over the Turkish herpetofauna, after this image i could probably even tell the exact species of the snake...it's that good!
Furthermore, the sharpness is impressive becasue you didn't benefit from an IS...wow!
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Akif

Excellent action shot.
Great sharpness
Well composed


Akif muhteşem, çok şanslısın. Bir yılan kartalını ağzında yılanla yakalam ne güzel. Tebrikler. Mustafa

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-26 10:24]

Hello Akif,
What a wonderful moment. Amazing in-flight photo. The light is so beautiful. Great details and good composition.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-27 10:27]

Hello Akif, that's a very good capture you did there. Great moment with the snake in the bird's beak. Well exposed with good details. Thanks,


Hi Akif,
Sharp, good definition and colours and extraordinary pose with the snake prey.
Well caught.

Very nice timing.
Pose of the prey bird is lovely.
The snake stand out very nice against the sky. Good that he is not partly in front of the bird.
I guess this was a large crop as the 350D can deliver much sharper details.

Hi Akif,
Great action capture. Well done.

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