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Vormela peregusna - Alaca Sansar

Vormela peregusna - Alaca Sansar
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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: 2009-05-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jacqueline's favourites, Mammals in Turkiye & the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-23 12:07
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Favorites: 5 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vormela peregusna - Alaca Sansar [TR], Marbled Polecat [EN] is a small mammal belonging to the monotypic genus Vormela within the family MUSTELIDAE (CARNIVORA).
Vormela is from the German word "Würmlein", which means "little Worm". The term peregusna comes from pereguznya, which is Ukrainian for polecat. Marbled polecats are generally found in the dryer areas and grasslands of south-eastern Europe to western China. V. peregusna is listed as Vulnarable [VU] by IUCN Red List. Its population size is decreasing.
Like other members of Mustelinae, it can emit a strong smelling secretion from anal sacs under the tail when threatened [extracted from Wikipedia].
Another name for the species in Turkish is Benekli Kokarca which comes from this bad smelling.
This is third post of V. peregusna (former ones in 1, 2).
I captured it in Sultan Sazlığı National Park, returning from wetlands to the village located in step by the car. It was making sun bathing on grassland, it went to a hole of Ground Souslik when it saw us and it gave some great poses. We came out from the car and lying on ground for photography.

Dedication for Ayşegül Karataş (scorpio-TR), my dear wife, to celebrate her birthday. Happy birthday Ayşegül and all the best with your new age.

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Hello Ahmet,
Superb capture with excellent clarity and sharpness. Very good details and colours.
Lovely composition this superb portrait of Marbled Polecat. Great green background.

Merhaba Ahmet Bey, sevgili Hemşehrim :)

Ya niye bu kadar güzel çekiyorsun bu yabani mahlukları da bu karda kıyamette ağzımızın suyunu akıtıyosun? Bi kere de kusurlu bi foto yolla da özenmeyelim da, Allah Allah :) Hayır çekmesi bi dert bulması daha ayrı bi dert bu mahlukları. Ama sen bu işi o kadar güzel yapıyorsun ki.. Takdir etmemek, ayakta alkışlamamak mümkün değil. Harika, sevgili dostum. Eline emeğine sağlık.
Selam ve sevgiler.

Bu arada eşininn doğum gününü kutlar kendisine sevdikleri ile beraber geçireceği mutluluk, sağlık ve esenlik dolu uzun bir ömür dilerim.

Kusursuz bir tele-makro çalışması Ahmet, sevimli sansarın bu nefis portresini Ayşegül de beğenecek herhalde, bilvesile eşinin yaş gününü candan kutluyorum.

Merhaba Ahmet,
What a lovely capture and nice dedication to your dear wife. The sharpness and composition of this photo is really amazing. And this Mustelinae is really a beauty. Congratulations! I wish you a nice Sunday with your dear family,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-23 12:38]
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Hello Ahmet
A top quality image with portrait of this cute mammal. Thanks for sharing and Happy birthday to your wife.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-23 12:39]
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Hello Ahmet,
What a lovely face that's popping out of the grass! I've never seen such a cute Polecat before! Excellent focus, details and colours and a lovely composition.
TFS and Happy birthday to your wife from me too! Kind regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-23 12:44]
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Merhaba Ahmet,
Excellent capture of the head of a Marbled Polecat, Alaca Sansar peeping over a ridge.
The sharpness and colours are excellent and it shows well against the neutral BG.
I have not seen this before on TN: if it is a first time, congratulations!
It makes a fine birthday tribute to your wife Aysegül!
Thanks and best regards Dostum,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2010-01-23 13:33]

Hi Ahmet,

A superb capture,with great sharpnes,BG and POV,I never seen this mammal before so thanks for the introduction,


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-23 13:37]
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Merhaba Ahmet Hocam,
Mükemmel görüntülemişsiniz.Flu fon,netlik,keskinlik ve detaylar 4/4 lük olmuş.Gözlerinde sizi görmek mümkün.Ben de eşinizin doğum gününü kutluyor,bu güzel fotografı müsadenizle favorilerime ekliyorum.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-23 16:05]
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Hi Ahmet,

So this is what a Polecat looks like!!! Thank you so much for the introduction. A beautiful presentation in a wonderful setting. I love that face with the beautiful colors and patterns and excellent details. A marvelous portrait against the green background.


Salam Alaikom Akhi Ahmet,

A fantastic portrait shot of this Marbled Polecat with beautiful colors, pose & setting. Very nicely taken, composed & presented.

Shukran katheeran with best regards & salam.


Hallo Ahmet
What a cute little creature and how thoughtful of you to dedicate this to your wife on her birthday. I did not know that she is also a member of Trek Nature and by ways of the provided link it was possible to have a look at her portfolio.

This little creature has a very naughty looking face, but hearing the word "cat" I am sure one has to be cautious around it as I am sure it can give a nasty bite, but this is a lovely picture that will seduce most kids, including the kid deep inside of myself. I like the composition very much and the greenery that frames the image is very pleasant to look at. Indeed a great portrait with super sharpness and focal point. Thanks for sharing this as part of a dedication to your very attractive wife (I looked at her photo on her intro page). Best regards.

What a fascinating portrait of this cute little fellow, Dr Ahmet!
Looks like you were lying on the ground for this eloquent shot.
Thanks for sharing this amazing picture.

hello Ahmet,
this is one of exceptional wild life scene, your POV reveals your approach, great photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Ahmet,
that's sooooo cute, I love that nice face.
A wonderful shot, excellent sharpness, pretty colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Ahmet

A stunning image - you were very lucky and very skilled to obtain this image. Your patience and skill paid off!

Great work.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-24 2:04]

Hello Ahmet,
What a fantastic photo of this special animal, the Marbled Polecat. I think you photographed it in the wild? On another photo I saw the beauty of its fur on the body, also splendid.
The low POV with only the head above the grass is fascinating. Impressive expression. Perfect composition and very good OOF BG. Excellent sharpness, details and natural colours.

Hi Ahmet

What a fantastic shot, I love it.
I don't think I've seen this species before, he looks cute.

Excellent composition, sharpness, POV and OOF background. Well done.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-24 4:39]

Hi Ahmet
What a great capture this little Vormela peregusna !
Colors and details are wonderful.
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hi Ahmet.
Great capture of this nice animal.
Very good image.Congratulations.
Friendly greetings.Alin.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-24 6:28]

Hello Ahmet,
Absolutely surprising shot..I just had to look on internet to see the whole animal and it is really something special. How cute your picture, showing this small mammal from behind the grass with this very special-colored face. Most interesting posting and an excellent shot from all points of view.
Thanks so much
Kind regards

ciao Ahmet!
really lovely portrait of Vormela peregusna with his watchful eyes
interesting note of this small mammal
that i never seen

thanks and best wishes for birthday to your wife sERGIO

Ciao Ahmet, great capture of cute creature, beautiful composition with lovely blurry BG, great natural colors, excellent sharpness and good details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-24 9:18]

Excellent photo, great colors and details, congratulations!

great capture, u r lucky to catch it, greetings Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-24 10:55]

Hi Ahmet. This animal has such a cote looking face. I like the way you have captured it just looking over the to p of the grasses. Taken with fine detail and sharp focusing all with natural looking colours. Please wish your wife a happy birthday for yesterday . TFS

Selamlar hocam,
harika bir tür elinize sağlık.

Hello Ahmet
What a nice animal and what a beautiful fur !
this Marbled Polecat is taken very sharply, each hair is well seen
I lke the contrast between the well detailed face against a blurred surroundings
a wonderful capture
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-25 4:03]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet,
this is really a cute presentation. the low angle shot is really dramatic. the blurry foreground makes it so exciting, beautiful and superbly composed.
such a sharp view, all the face are very sharp and well detailed.
A first class wild and nature shot.


Hi Ahmet,
So beautiful animal and so perfectly photographed.
Nice face and expression. He looks very alert. Lovely colors.
Brilliant close to the ground POV.
Also a rare animal on TN.
Not even a small nit.

Merhaba Ahmet hocam,

Bu çekimden çok etkilendim gerçekten.
Yurdumuzda yaşayan ancak nesli tehlike altında olan bu nadide canlıya ait müthiş bir poz yakalamışsınız.
İlk kez bir doğa dergisinde görmüştüm alaca sansarı.
İşte o zaman Anadolunun yaban hayatının ne kadar zengin olduğunu ve bir o kadar da tehlike altında olduğunu bir kez daha farkettim.
Doğal ortamında bu canlıya rastladığınız için çok şanslısınız.
Fotoğraf çekimi ise kalite olarak mükemmel: Keskinlik, ışık ayarı, yerden bakış açısı, renk canlılığı, kompozisyon...
Belli ki hepsi ustaca hazırlanmış.
Favorilerime ekledim hocam. Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

Bu türün sanırım dünya üzerindeki en iyi karelerinden birisi budur. Eline sağlık, Ayşegül'ün doğum günü için muhteşem bir hediye olmuş. Ben de kutluyorum.

Merhaba Ahmet,
what a fantastic capture ot the Marbled Polecat, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV and composition, a masterpiece with a perfect management of 600 mm lens, bravissimo.
Best regards

Nice and different animal, with sharp fur and good use of depth of field, blurring the unnecessary elements. Congratulations!

Hello Ahmet,

an very good capture with exellent low pov and dof.
Fine colours.
Well done.
Your question from my ice, no I get the birds closer.
I was'nt there to make nature pics


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-26 0:33]

Hello Ahmet,
Perfect sharpness with much details on this cute fellow.Best POV of showing us
very well done indeed.
Best regards Siggi

very nice shot! I've never seen this sp before~!
Great pov, composition, colors, sharpness and dof! what else to say :-D

Merhaba Ahmet,
Sensational capture!
What a suitable dedication, this would be a very appreciated present.
I like so much the artistic quality achieved here, the pose and expression of the mammal is so good.
DOF created such a great blurred front and background to stand up the subject.
My compliments and thanks for share it,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-27 2:21]

Hi Ahmet,this pic is truely fantastic!!Very very difficult to take !I like a lot this composition,there is all the juice of nature and wildlife inside,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Ahmet,
Very well captured close up moment for the this beautiful mammal from MUSTELIDAE family. I like the details, sharpness & an excellent POV. TFS

Hello Ahmet,
Nice portrait of Vormela peregusa. It has good colors, best details, perfect sharpness and not in the end I want to wish "Happy birthday to your wife!"

  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2010-01-27 19:51]

Oh! Ahmet Bey, Isnt he a cutie?A real cuddly looking as good as a Marble Cake making a fine dedication to your life partner.The portrait is endearing, showing the mammal's face in a very splendid manner.
Very well done.
You know, I am smiling but they dont have enough for me today to show!

Hi, dear Ahmet.
It is simply amazing picture of a charming animal. Your POV and composition of a shot are brilliant as well as quality of a reproduction this creature. Fantastic sharpness and details of the head which is surrounded with fine smooth BG. Bravo. Great work of superb Master and so great equipment. My congratulations.
P.S. I am OK but have too much work and cannot visit TN almost at all.

Sayın hocam
atlas dergisinde yayınlanan sanırım.

trop migion. La netteté est remarquable.

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