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Fly me to the moon

Fly me to the moon
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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: 2007-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Ecuador, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2, eliz's Favorites II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-05 6:19
Viewed: 7461
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Magnificent Frigatebird (female)
Fregata magnificens

The larger of the two frigatebirds found in Galapagos, up to 1.10m long and with a wingspan of up to 2.45 m. Frigatebirds have the largest wingspan-to-weight ratio of any species of bird and are extremely able and skilled fliers. The male is entirely black with a purplish sheen on its back and a red goular, or throat, pouch, which is only visible during the breeding season. The female is slightly larger than the male and has a white breast and shoulders, but it is otherwise completely black. Immatures have a white head, neck and breast.

Frigatebirds eat a wide range of food including fish, small crustaceans and newly hatched Green Turtles (chelonia mydas) which they pick up off the beach almost as soon as they emerge from the nest, and sometimes before. They may fish directly from the surface of the sea, or will frequently chase other species , such as the Blue-footed Boobies (Sula nebouxii) or Red-billed Tropic birds and force it to disgorge its recent catch, often actually catching hold of the tail feathers of both of these species, shaking them until they disgorge their catch, and then catching the disgorged fish before it hits the water.

An insubstantial nest of twigs is built for breeding, in low trees or shrubs close to the shore, often using twigs stolen from other frigatebirds. The courtship includes an acrobatic aerial display and the male pumping up his large, bright red, goular pouch and uttering an unwordly ullulating thrill. A single egg is laid which is incubated by both parents for some 42 days. The young fledge after some 90 days.
Best viewed: throughout the islands, inshore and at their breeding sites. . North Seymour; Floreana-Gardner; Isabela- Punta Moreno; San Christobal- Wreck Bay, Kicker Rock, Punta Pitt; Genovesa.

*Source: Wildlife of the Galapagos
Julian Fitter,Daniel Fitter,David Hosking
Princeton Pocketguides, ISBN 0-691-10295-3

Exposure Time: 1/500
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 100 mm
Date Taken: 2007-04-28 18:29

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-12-05 6:41]

Hello Selen,
not only magnificent fregatbird but also magnificent picture. I am always amazed by your skills as I have hardly ever made such razorsharp in-flight images with the same camera-lens combination. The extra add, the moon, makes it a real winner...
Regards, Jacob

Hi Selen
Wonderful presentation with excellent sharpness and detail.
The moon is just extra bonus :)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-05 7:04]

Hi Selene,
must have taken alot of effort to get this composition. Not only do you have this Magnificent Frigatebird (a very apt name) in perfect foucs and exposure but also the moon too...skillfully done, well done!

Merhaba Selen,
the clarity on the plummage is awesome!
perfect exposure and focus with total sharpness in details
good moment captured with the moon!
well done and composed

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-05 7:31]

What a marvellous shot with such beautiful composition and perfect sharpness!!
A very interesting bird which I had not seen and very interesting note too.
Really superb job.

Hello Selen
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect focusing,exposure and POV,Superb shot.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-05 7:39]

Hola Selen,
espléndido trabajo,
excelente foco y hermosos detalles...
genial acción.

Hello Selen
The detail that you have captured here is absolutely amazing..the exposure etc etc is all spot on to my eyes...and the moon in the BG..what a Bonus..Fantastic Work
Best regards

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-05 9:14]

Both me and my Mother said: "WOW!" when it popped up on the screen.
What skill to capture the moon in the shot as well!!
Excellent sharpness and superb clarity.
Dynamic composition.
Well done Selen!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-05 9:55]

Hola Selen. What a moment You cath here, a flying bird and the moon too. Nice, clear and sharp.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-05 10:05]

Hello Selen,
Superb in-flight of a female Magnificent Frigatebird. The lighting, sharpness, blue sky BG (with full moon), POV and composition are all excellent.
Well done and thanks for sharing this very nice shot,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-05 10:40]

Hello Selen,
What a wonderful light in this photo. The colours and details on the breast and head are marvelous. Perfect focus. Fantastic composition with the moon in the BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-05 12:07]

Hi Selen. Great in flight shot of this beautiful bird. Your timing to get it over head was spot on. good detail in the feathers and body. good natural colours. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Selen,
A magnific picture! I like the great details level on the frigate and the nice composition, with the moon as a plus. TFS

Hi Selene,
Magnificent capture!
I like the right focus and sharp details got on this moving subject.
It's amazing your timing and quick reflects to catch the moon and the whole bird into the framing.
The eye contact is really good!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

hello selen,
great shot taken when the bird was at the right place & you got moon at the bg, liked the title very much, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-05 18:59]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic inflight with razor sharp details and the moon as a bonus, thanks for sharing.

Hi Selen,
Awesome picture, the lighting on the underside of this Magnificent Frigatebird is beautiful, as is the detail, stunning work :) Cheers Rick

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-05 19:42]

Hi Selen, beautiful shot of this unknown bird to me. Great with the moon in background!


Hi Selen,
What a wonderful close capture. The fact that you can see the eye so perfectly is just amazing. Really love the details in the entire bird and the fact that you got a composition with the moon. The late sunlight illuminated the bird perfectly.

Hello Selen,
A good in-flight capture!
Very well done on composition, interesting inclusion of the moon...
Nice light on the bird, good details in the plumage!
Pablo -

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-06 1:19]

Hi Selen

Wonderful capture - you did extremely well to get such a sharp cature with such good eye contact. I spent ages trying to get a good shot of the Christmas Island Frigate and only managed a couple of decentish shots (the sky was overcast for most of the time which didn't help).


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-06 3:44]

Merhaba Selen hanım, az rastlanılır bir şekilde ay ile aynı karede çok iyi yakalmışsınız.Kuş ayrı bir harika. Ellerinize sağlık.Selamlar.

Great title Selen :)
Nice sharpness/detail in the head, beak, and body parts that caught some light. The moon in the BG here really makes the shot!
Well done,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-06 8:50]

Hi Selen.
Wonderful in-flight shot with so attractive addition (I mean the Moon in the sky). Shot is composed excellently. I like nice exposure of the white feathers and excellent sharpness if the bird image. MY kind regards.

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-12-06 11:34]

Una bellissima immagine, nitidezza da vendere,
Un saluto Piero

merhaba Selen hanım,
Galapagos deyince benim aklıma ilk gelenlerden Fregat kuşları. harika bir çekim, tebrikler. başlıktan netliğe, açıdan arka plana hepsi çok çok güzel. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-06 18:56]

Hello Selen

A lovely shot of this gliding frigatebird.
The sky is beautiful with the added bonus of the moon.
Very well focused with sharp details.
It has a very interesting POV.
Well done.


Hi Selen,
Wow! Fantastic picture!
Perfect composition!
Extraordinary moment captured by his lens.
Excellent quality photographic!
Congratulations and TFS!
José Roberto

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-08 1:41]

Hi Selen

The name does justice for the bird - it is truly magnificent!
But you couldn't just take a picture of this Frigatebird, you had to include something else in the frame - that terrific moon in the BG that just looks like the cherry on top of the cake...simply magnificent!
Regarding the technical elements of the shot - i love the exposure, focus and POV.
The exposure is simply perfect and you managed to get a well balanced light in all the areas of the bird; due to that, you got exceptional details in both the bright, sunny parts - like the chest - but also good ones in the dark under-wings.
The focus is impeccable as usual and therefore the sharpness is brilliant and the bird is presented with tremendous details.
The POV is of course terrific - both for the bird but surely for the integrated moon too.
So really...a question comes to mind: is there any nit in this picture? Well, my answer is NO...this is just the way it should be!


PS: How did you manage to get so close to it? Only 100mm????? WOW!!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-08 3:56]

Hello Selen,
These birds are truly magnificent!! We've seen them flying along the coast of Trinidad and they are so huge! Superb sharp details in this well-timed capture. Looks like he's watching you! The moon is a bonus too! Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-08 4:19]

Hi Selen,
Outstanding in-flight shot and a fabulous expression on the eyes captured. The lighting is fantastic and against the blue sky as BG the Frigatebird looks majestic. The Moon adds a fine drama and I like the shape of its wings. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-08 8:20]

Hello Selen, that's a trully great shot of this incredible bird ! The details are perfectly sharp, the exposure is spot on and I like the way he looks at you. Great in-flight shot, thanks !


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-08 15:21]

Bonsoir Selen,

Superbe prise,l'éclairage fait bien ressortir les détails et couleurs de l'oiseau en vol. Félicitations pour la composition et extra la lune.

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  • memo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 5] (108)
  • [2007-12-09 14:55]

"süper" demek yeterli sanırım. tebrikler!

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-12-09 20:10]

Hi Selen,
It's a fantastic inflight shot. The focus is spot on with good sharpness and details. Amazing you could get it so close and also manage to capture it with catchlight in the eye. The blue sky as the background is really lonvely. Perfect moment captured with moon included in the frame. Hats off,

Wow! This is a Master's piece Selen! What a timing you had to catch this bird so well and with bonus, the moon in background! This is superb, very well done with excellent exposure, perfect shutter speed and great colors! Congratulations!

Beautiful detail, is the moon genuine?

I wish I could see one of these birds.
Great action shot, and a real bonus having the moon in there too.
Best to you Selen.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-12-17 13:07]

Mukemmel Selen hanım ne denebilir ki tebrk ederim :)

Merhaba Selen, awsome shot the sharpness and detail is great the light and pose caught is splendid, tebrikler selamlar Necip.

Merhaba Selen!
What a great composition and fantastic title!
Details and sharpness are also very good, and I really am surprised because the bird was flying and you used F/4.5 only!
Great work!
Best greetings,

Beautiful POV with this frigate bird. Really nice colour and detail, thanks for showing.

Ay ile beraber çok romantik bir kompozisyon yaratmışsın o)) tebrikler Selen

Hello Selen.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-06-06 2:59]

amazing shot! great in-flight action subject. beautiful moon in background. very well focused and exposed. great place you choose for session!!! tfs

Breath taking picture.

hello selen,
Nice color, perfect photograf.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-14 12:38]

merhaba selen hanım
fonuyla, pozuyla nefis bir uçar karesi
netlik ve detaylar süper
eline sağlık

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-05 1:07]

what a "magnificent" (Frigate)bird. this image is very beautiful. tfs

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