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Sterna hirundo - Deniz Kirlangici

Sterna hirundo - Deniz Kirlangici
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): aquatic birds!, jacqueline's favourites, Birds of the Middle East -III- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-14 18:33
Viewed: 4875
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sterna hirundo - Deniz Kirlangici [TR], Common Tern [EN] is a seabird of the tern family STERNIDAE (CHARADRIIFORMES). This bird has a circumpolar distribution breeding in temperate and sub-Arctic regions of Europe, Asia and east and central North America. It is strongly migratory, wintering in coastal tropical and subtropical regions. It is sometimes known as the sea swallow (Latin name "hirundo" already refers "Swallow").
In Turkiye, it is summer visitor and it breeds in most of localities; e.g. Buyuk Çekmece Lake (İstanbul Prov.). I took this shot from the biggest Turkish architecture Mimar Sinan's Bridge and on artificial island, which more than one hundred pairs breed and nest on there. The island was made by same master early 1500s and its lenght is only 6-7 metres.
My special thanks to Kadir Dabak who kindly permitted to me using his camera, Canon EOS Mark III, and tripod.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-14 18:43]

Hi Ahmet,

I love this!! How wonderful to see one Tern standing on the other's back. Great timing to capture this sight. The birds are beautiful and the beaks and legs are fantastic. Excellent colors, details, pose on the rocks and composition.


hello Ahmet,
splendid scene, you were lucky, but photographed exceptionally this moment, with composition and technical output, it's a great photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-14 22:06]

Hello Ahmet
Nice scene taken with great details, wonderful colors and composition.Thanks for sharing

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-14 23:34]

Hi Ahmet

Superb shot - great pose, excellent use of frame plus great detail and lighting.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-14 23:55]
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Günaydın Ahmet Hocam,
Çiftleşme anını çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz.Fikret Abi'nin adasını ve sumruları özledik.Umarım bu yıl da gelirler.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

Hallo Ahmet
A delightful image with pleasant details to admire and observe. To describe a special moment captured like in your image is actually time wasting, as only word is needed Unbelievable. This unpretentious and most natural action you photographed of these two Common terns is just so amazing. A great image with clear and prominent details, and I really enjoyed the sight. The red legs that look like they just have been painted are just to die for and really add some extra oomph to this super image. I also want to thank Kadir Dabak for the use of his camera, otherwise this moment would have been lost and we would never have been able to see such a unique "pose". Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-15 1:28]

Oooh! This is a great scoop my friend! You was lucky to find a nice and strange situation like that....and what a impressive quality,sharpness and colors at the top,impossible to make better! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Ahmet
This is really cool presentation of Common Terns :)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-15 3:03]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet,.
wow ...this is an exciting capture in great sharpness and clarity. the colour of the legs stand out beautifully .i like their natural habit here.
The composition on the corner is so effective with the smooth and soft greyish background.
well composed in excellent view.


Wonderful photo with this two birds in a great position.
Very good picture.Congratulatios.
Friendly regards.Alin.

Salam Akhi Ahmet,

An excellent close-up with beautiful coloration, sharpness & timing. Well taken, composed & presented. Shukran katheeran akhi!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-15 8:47]

Very nice photo, great colors and details!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-15 9:10]

Hi Ahmet

A couple of days ago we were neighbours and you provided some kind and wonderful
comments to my Cryptic Mantis. Thanks you so much. Unfortunately I was sidetracked
since then, but eventually I have time to try and catch up on some critiques. I've made
a decision to rather critique your last image as it is an amazing capture of these Common
Terns. Looks like they're in for some serious business. The composition is great showing
only the rocks at the bottom right hand corner and the 2 birds in the frame. The grey BG
is complimentary. Great stuff MF.

Well done and TFS.

hello Ahmet
you have here a super picture on the right moment
great sharpness and ood details with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-15 10:30]

Hello Ahmet,
Fantastic photo of these terns in a great pose. The clarity is superb. Excellent sharp details, composition and beautiful colours. The matching plain BG is splendid.
Have a good weekend,

Hello Ahmet,
Exceptional capture with wonderful colours and great details. Lovely composition.

Hi Ahmet

Great result of this mating pair. I only see thsi species in non-breeding plumage in Australia. Clearly they are very attractive during the breeding season. Great sharpness and details.


Ciao Ahmet, lovely couple in fun pose, splendid light colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ahmet,
Excelent photo, you had captured a special moment with nice colors and very good details... Fantastic picture.

Hello Ahmet
tis is an absolutely beautiful image of this two Common Tern,
amazing clarity, each detail is crisp clear sharp
my special compliment for the lighting and for the so beauetiful colors
Have a good night

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2010-01-21 4:13]
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Ahmet Hocam!
Sumruları çok fena yakalamışsın. Galiba o ünlü sumru adasının aşıklarından olsa gerek. Ellerine sağlık dostum. Selamlar.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-22 8:10]

Hello Ahmet,
I'm sorry to have overlooked this striking capture of the Common Terns! I don't think they could be portrayed better than you've done here! Fabulous timing and a great composition showing sharp focus on the birds and wonderful colours.
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

Merhaba Ahmet bey,
Absolutely fantastic photo, awesome scene and pose. Sharpness is second to none, as well as colorization (the red of the tails and legs add big plus to the whole pic) and the composition, only with the birds, rocks and the sky. Very effective. Bravo MF. I wish to give more than 2 points now.
Tfs, have a nice weekend, László

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