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Long-legged Buzzard

Long-legged Buzzard
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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III), Bayram's Favorites-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-01 10:28
Viewed: 4946
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 130
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken in Bolu-Gerede from the car window.
Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Long-legged Buzzard
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes (or Accipitriformes, q.v.)
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: B. rufinu
Binomial name
Buteo rufinus
(Cretzschmar, 1829)
Light green shows breeding range, blue shows winter range, dark green is permanent range.
The Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) is a bird of prey. It prefers the dry open plains of Turkey, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia 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 (approximate length 60–65cm / 24") and more robust. There are many different colour forms, but usually Long-leggeds have a clear orange tint to the plumage, red or orange tail, pale head and largely white underwings. There is usually a distinctive black carpal patch and dark trailing edge to the wing. The rump and "trousers" are often dark or deep rufous. Plumage varies from ghostly pale individuals to very dark ones. 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.
The breeding population in Greece is around 60 pairs. Recent sightings seem to indicate that there is a small population in the Apulian region of south-eastern Italy.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-01 10:31]

Hi Omer
Wonderful capture with good details and beautiful colors.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-01 10:35]

Hi Omer. this is a beautiful bird that you have taken so very well. With fine detail and natural colours. You have used the light so well to give warm glow. With a nice pose looking don. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-01 10:35]

Hello Omer,
Very nice photo. Great sharpness and fine pose, Excellent light in front of this beautiful Buzzard.
Very good shot.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Omer,
Very nice Buzzard, is great because you take it from window car, superb colors.
Best whishes,

Arabanın penceresinden de olsa muhteşem bir kare yaklalamışsın Ömer dostum. üzerine konduğu bitkinin detaylarından, arka planda kalan sazlıkların oluşturduğu hoş zemine kadar herşey mükemmel. Ustadan ustaca çekim beklemek hakkımız:) Pozlandırma mükemmel.
Eline sağlık dostum. İyi bir hafta dileklerimle...

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-01 10:58]

her zmanki gibi ustaca çekimlerinizden biri daha Ömer bey. Odaklama ve ışıklandırma birinci sınıf kaliteden olunca detaylar da en üst düzeyde olmuş. Arka fon muhteşem.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-01 11:50]

Hola Omer,
preciosa captura y detalles,
fino foco y compo.
delicioso bg. e iluminación.

A good capture in spite of the crowded surroundings Ömer, good use of limited DOF here and the exposure is perfect. Somehow the Wikipedia does not take the all important "Subphylum:Vertebrata" into consideration, but you should my friend.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-01 12:09]

Hi Omer!

I like your picture very much because it shows the Buzzard in a very beautiful environment. I like all those vertical lines formed by the branches and the unity of the colour tones adds to the value of the picture.

Kind regards


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-01 12:17]

Hello Omer,
Fantastic photo of this Long-legged Buzzard. The overall colours in this photo are splendid. Amazingly beautiful BG. The buzzard is very sharp and in a nice pose. Excellent natural colours in the plumage and composition. Great POV from your car window.

hello Omer

superb photography of the Long-legged Buzzard
shot with fine POV and framing, beautiful colour tones,
great sharpness and details, and a impessive expression
on his glance, TFS


Hello Omer
greatly presented shot of this buzzard sitting on this branchs
excellent sharpness with many details on his plumage
Great pose and i like his sharp look very much
TFS Jacqueline

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-01 13:36]

Hi Omer,

Your pictures are always worth waiting for. This is a beauty - and to think you took it form a car window! I love the Buzzard's pose with his feathers spread a bit. The turned head is wonderful. Beautiful colors and fine details as always. And once again, a lovely setting and composition.


Hi Omer,
Very good capture of this impressive Long-legged Buzzard; great pose and composition, sharp fine details.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-01 15:13]

This is really beautiful, Omer, what a nice picture! I love the background filled by elongated branches that we can only guess, contrasting with the shorter branches, almost spiky, where the buzzard stands. It looks royal, absolutely magnificent. Thank you,


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-01 15:19]

Ömer bey elinize sağlık, zor bir arka alandan çok güzel çekip çıkarmışsınız, çok güzel bir fotoğraf olmuş.Selamlar.

Hello Omer,
Nicely done. Very good portrait of this bird of prey, the Long-legged Buzzard. Long-legged?
I especially like the habitat here in terms of perching and background. This is really a plus.
Well done

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-02-01 19:42]

Hello Omer
Your Long-legged Buzzard can camouflage itself quite well against that BG. It suits the scene perfectly
Well spotted from the car!

Salam Omer,

Another long awaited fresh post but so brilliantly captured. I like the sharpness of the bird and the twigs. Excellent framing in keeping the natural habitat in the frame.

Well done indeed and best regards,

very nice and sharp, great composition, TFS Ori

Müthiş bir çekim Ömer Bey, Bayram hocama katılıyorum. arka fondaki sazlıklar kareye hoş bir görünüm katmış. Ayrıca üç boyutlu etkiyi de artırmış.

Omer bey harika bir foto. Derinlik mukemmel ve detaylar siradisi guzellikte. Selamlar.

Omer bey.
herzamanki gibi birinci sinif kalite bir cekim yapmissiniz.
Elinize saglik. Londra'dan selamlar...

Günaydın Ömer bey, etkileyici bir duruşta muteşem detaylar, renkler ve harika bir kompozisyon.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-01 23:15]

Salaam omer,
indeed very captivating shot. i like the graphical effect of the small branches and the colour of the bird. Well composed in excellent clarity and sharpness. the pose is so wonderful and proud guy.
well prsented and brilliant sskill.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-02 1:54]

Hello Omer,
What a beautiful shot! An ideal decentred composition, a very interesting bird with vivid attitude and most beautiful fine and natural colors.
I like the very attentive attitude of the Buzzard a lot. Amazig how the yellow of the clows almost shines, as beautiful contrast to the fine blue of the background. A great shot, indeed.
Thanks so much and best regards

Merhaba Ömer Bey,nefis bir fotoğraf,derinlik muhteşem.Öyle bir bakış yakalamışsınızki,delici bakışlar.Çok beğendim çoook,ellerinize sağlık :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-02 3:55]

Merhaba Ömer,
A superb capture of Buteo rufinus, an opportunity well taken from your car in a great pose with fine sharpness and lighting that makes it stand out from the busy but OOF reed BG.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-02 4:58]

Omer, Superb shot. Wonderful shot with a lovely colorful details. Ganesh

Hi Omer,
A nice capture of this beautiful long legged buzzard. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-02 7:38]

Hello Omer,
A great capture from your car window!! I like the pose of this beautiful bird of prey with a lovely fluffy plumage. Lovely light and colours too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Netliği , kompozisyonu ve kuşun delici bakışlarıyla nefis bir Kızıl şahin fotosu .
Tebrikler Ömer .

Hi Omer,
wow - that's fantastic, this shot is excellent.
So sharp, so brilliant colours and sharpness - and the BG is wonderful.
Thanks my friend, very well done, selamlar
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Omer,

nice capture from this bird of prey with good details in the feathers.
Beautiful colours.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-02 11:17]

merhaba ömer
güzel türün çok hoş bir pozunu kadrajlamışsın
kompozisyon, poz, renkler, netlik ve detaylar nefis
eline sağlık

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-02 12:09]

Merhaba Ömer,
Doğal ortamı içerisindeki bu güzel yırtıcının harika bir karesi olmuş. Renkler ve netlik enfes görünüyor. Tebrikler.


Merhaba Omer, great capture of fantastic buzzzard in nice pose, splendid sharpness and fine details, superb focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

Süper çekim Ömer bey. Elinize sağlık. Selamlar.

Ömer bey klasikleşmiş harika çekimlerinizden biri. Derinlik hissi müthiş. Elinize sağlık.

wow , what a beautiful capture Omer!Impressive !
colours are wonderful , details are very sharp and natural sun light is great,
very well done !TFS,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-03 11:33]

Hi Omer.
Pictured scene is simply amazing as well as top quality of the picture. Remote nicely blurred plants on BG and attractive row of sharply reflected twigs on FG create a wonderful surrounding for this majestic bird. Its image is outstanding in all respects. Great pose and glance of the bird, terrific reproduction of its amazing feathers, brilliant composition of the shot this is not complete merits of the shot. My congratulations and TFS.

Hello Omer,
WOW! great shot, excellent composition and pov,
superb sharpness, depth of field, clarity, beautiful
natural colors, very nice details and lovely
oof background.

My dearest brother Omer,
Thanks for your constant support!
I love thsi shot for its composition, sharpness!Superb work!

There is always something unusual and unique about your long-awaited pictures, Omer.
What I mean is that in addition to the immacululate rendition of the subject in technical terms, your presentation has something in it that is the hallmark of your individual sense of aesthetics.
For example in this picture, it is the shape and symmetry of the barren branches on which The Long-legged Buzzard is perched.
Any other perch, I somehow feel, would not have been as integral to the picture as those branches.
The figure of the Buzzard -- sleek, elegant and upright -- lends the subject a legal appearance.
Thanks for giving us joy through yet another long-awaited masterpiece.

Dear Omer,
This is one of the finest composition of year 2009 till now. Brilliant capture through the car window. Excellent details & sharpness. TFS.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-04 23:18]

Hello Omer !
Another wonderful picture from you ! I love the pose and the sharp look of this bird, and I also like his plumage, speckled of white and brown. Splendid composition and POV, nice natural colors, and I just love this blured BG with the high plants behind the bird. Very well done !

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-05 2:58]

Hi Omer,
Wonderful shot of this great looking Buzzard nicely perched up there. Very impressive sharpness and details. Superb light and I like that BG too much. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Merhaba Omer,
what a marvellous picture of Buteo rufinus (in italiano Poiana codabianca) taken from an excellent POV with very good sharpness in a nice composition, i love the lovely posture of this bird of prey against a very good OOF natural BG, very beautiful colour tones.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2009-02-05 11:14]

Doğal ortamında harika bir kızıl şahin fotosu olmuş Ömer bey..
netlik ve detaylar süper..
emeğinize sağlık..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-06 12:22]

Hi Omer,100 points are not enough for this fantastic pic,wonderfuls details and colors,a great focus and a beautiful background too,my best compliments,i'm waiting the new season of flowers and butterflies,have a nice weekend,Luciano

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2009-02-07 0:02]

Me encanta la gama de colores y como no, poder ver tan de cerca y tan claramente esta bella especie.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-02-07 9:11]

Merhaba Ömer bey harika bir poz olmuş ellerine sağlık.

hi omer!
A sharp and fine pic with
a very nice background!
good work!

He is a real beauty! How lucky you are to have such majestic bird and capture in your portfolio! Everything is perfect here as usual: details, exposure, composition, etc. I like the patterns of this blurred background a lot. Another masterpiece! Greetings,

Hi Omer,
Nicely OOF BG that brings a lot to this image IMO.
Excellent DOF, POV, & quality - Technically very well done.
Sorry it took so long to get back to you, had a password problem with TN to resolve..

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-09 6:38]

Hi Omer
I had miss that one
What a great capture.excelelnt POV and razor sharp image.Detail are amasing.I like that look in the eye's of the Buzzar.
TFS Michel

Merhabalar Ömer bey,
bakışlar ve duruşuyla enfes bir kare olmuş,
Çok güzel bir çalışma.
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-10 19:21]

Hello Omer,
Quality image here Omer with sharp details and splendid colors. This is a great composition all around, thank you.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-02-12 8:58]

Hello Omer,
I admire your captures for their detail and especially the lighting.The lighting quality in your shots have a remarkable effect on the composition.Except for the previous post of your , almost all your shots can be recognised just by looking at their lighting- they all seem to bear your signature well.And here is one to add to your collection.

This buzzard is caught in fantastic PoV that shows very good details of its plumage.The lighting highlights the legs of the bird as well as the expression caughts in its eyes.Very good use of DoF.It is quite impressive the way you caught this big bird posing on the shrub.The blurred Bg isolates the subject i a fine manner. Well done.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Omer,
A very good capture of this Long-legged Buzzard, excellent composition and fine details.
TFS. Regards. Ferran.

Ömer Bey merhaba
yeni kare eklediniz mi diye arada bir göz atıyorum sayfanıza. az önce de favorilerime ekledim ki gönderdiğinizi çabucak görürüm diye. az ama öz gönderiyorsunuz. her biri bir başka güzel. bu da diğerleri gibi çok çok güzel olmuş. yüzdeki ifadeyi çok güzel yakalamışsınız. diğer özelliklerinden bahsetmedim. netliğinden ışığına hepsi çok güzel. elinize sağlık. yeni karelerde görüşmek dileğiyle, iyi geceler, selamlar.

Loved your notes; done with meticulas CARE.
Warm regards from Canada,

good evening Omer
with few words,exceptional photo,as all your collection,
I wait with interest for your new subject

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-05-30 15:37]

Merhaba Omer Bey,
Kac ay gecnmis bu fotografi gormemisim... Fon, kompozisyon, isik, poz ve renkler cok guzel
Emeginize saglik
Selam ve sevgiler

Hi Ömer,

Fantastic shot of a very interesting specie. I mean interesting for me, because it doesn't build nest here in Hungary, but was discovered a couple of times on our lowlands as a wanderer. Buteo buteo is much more common here.

Beautiful portrait, sharpness, compo and focus are second to none, so is the blurred background. Masterful image, MF, congratulations.

Best wishes, László

Ağaç üstünde yakalamanın keyfi başka oluyor.
Emeğinize sağlık Ömer Bey selamlar...

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