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"preying for a lover"

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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: 2009-02-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-14 7:53
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you for your critiques and nice words on my previous post.

Happy Valentine's Day and thanks for looking!

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Common Buzzard

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
Species: B. buteo
Binomial name
Buteo buteo
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Dark green: All-year distribution
Light green/blue: Breeding/winter range of Steppe Buzzard.


The Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) is a medium to large bird of prey, whose range covers most of Europe and extends into Asia. It is typically between 51-57 cm in length with a 110 to 130 cm (48-60 inch) wingspan, making it a medium-sized raptor. There are around 40,000 breeding pairs in Britain. It is usually resident all year except in the coldest parts of its range, and in the case of one subspecies.

It breeds in woodland, usually on the fringes, but favours hunting over open land. It eats mainly small mammals, and will come to carrion. A great opportunist, it adapts well to a varied diet of pheasant, rabbit, other small mammals, snakes & lizards & can often be seen walking over recently ploughed fields looking for worms & insects.

Buzzards do not normally form flocks, but several may be seen together on migration or in good habitat. The Victorian writer on Dartmoor, William Crossing, noted that he had on occasions seen flocks of 15 or more at some places. Though a rare occurrence as many as 20 buzzards can been spotted in one field area, approx 30 meters apart, so cannot be classed as a flock in the general term, consisting of those males (& females) without a mate or territory. They are fiercely territorial, and, though rare, fights do break out if one strays on another pair's territory, but dominant displays of aggression will normally see off the interloper. Pairs mate for life. To attract a mate (or impress his existing mate) the male performs a ritual aerial display before the beginning of Spring. This spectacular display is known as 'the roller coaster'. He will rise high up in the sky, to turn and plummet downward, in a spiral, twisting and turning as he comes down. To then rise immediately upward to repeat the exercise.

This broad-winged raptor has a wide variety of plumages, and in Europe can be confused with the similar Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) and the only distantly related Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), which mimics the Common Buzzard's plumage for a degree of protection from Goshawks. The plumage can vary in Britain from almost pure white to black, but is usually shades of brown, with a pale 'necklace' of feathers.

The call is a plaintive peea-ay, similar to a cat's meow.

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hello Omer

WOW ! a great close-up photo of this Common Buzzard
on Valentine's Day, very fine low POV and framing with
leaving a very good free space, superb focus sharpness
and details, the bird of prey being againts daylight
(en contre-jour) excellent play of shadows and lights,



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-14 8:28]

Merhaba Ömer,
Ha..ha, I like the title!
This buzzard is scanning the skies for a partner!
A fine capture taken almost a year ago with fine sharpness, colours and from a great low POV. The pose is excellent!
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-14 8:47]

Hello Omer,
Another fantastic photo of this Common Buzzard. Light and clarity are splendid, very beautiful colours. Impressive eye. Very nice pose. Excellent low POV and sharp details. Great DOF and OOF BG. Original and very good chosen title.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-14 9:25]

Hi Omer. You have taken a fine close up of this Buzzard. I like the pose with the bird looking skywards. Taken with good feather detail and bright natural colours. All with interesting notes. well taken TFs.

Selamlar ömer bey,
çok düşünceli bir kare olmuş.
En güzel dileklerimle iyi akşamlar hoşcakalın.

Merhaba Omer,

A great close-up of this Common Buzzard with lovely colors, pose & "Title"!

Well taken, composed & presented. TFS & best salam!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-14 10:11]

Hello Omer,
I like the pose you have captured here with the raptor looking skyward. Sharp focus and good exposure with nice results. Thank you for sharing Omer.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-02-14 10:18]

Dear Omer!

What a nice ay to think at Valentine's Day! We both have made it, but in very different ways. I like yours very much and the idea that this magnificent bird of prey is "preying for a lover" is very original. Moreover, the Buzzard in your picture is a beauty and you have put him well on stage.

Kind regards


Merhaba Ömer bey,
Happy Valentine's Day to You and Your loved ones - but to this buzzard, too. :) Incredible shot in difficult light conditions, fantastic pose, crystal clear sharpness, greatly chosen POV. Fabolous job MF - as always from You. Congrats and tfs.
Friendly regards, László

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-14 11:12]

Hello Omer
Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Omer,
Exceptional capture with sharp details and wonderful colours.
Great composition. I like the superb details and especialy the light in the eye.
Great low POV.

Ömer bey bugün herkes sevgilisini arıyor:) Sizin şahin de çok masum bakmış:) elinize sağlık. Çok güzel.

Omer bey baslik super:) buzzardin bakisi da oyle. nerdeyse yavaracak. hehehe.. elinize saglik gercekten cok ozel poz yakaladiniz.
Londra'dan selamlar..

Ömer bey cok guzel. bugün herkes sevgilisini ariyor zaten. Buda yerde değil gökte arayanlardan oldu:) yüz güldüren nefis bir çalışma olmuş.
Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılarımla.

Merhaba Ömer,
Fantastic shot! The sharpness and colours are so beautiful. We can see very well the relief of the feather, the light in his eye... A masterpiece.
And the title is so funny! I hope he will find his lover coming from the sky!
Have a nice week,

Hello Omer
a wonderful shot of this common Buzzard loking in the sky, wonderful colors and very fine details on the bird, beautiful sunlight and composition
the green grass makes a nice BG
Have a good night

hello Omer,
top quality photo of this magnificent bird!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-14 15:16]

Hi Omer,very nice idea for the Valentine's day...the pic is fantastic as usual,you're the king of timing and this is another beautiful example of your class..my greats compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-14 15:35]

Hi Omer,

I don't think we have ever been neighbors before!! I love your title! A wonderful Buzzard looking up. He must have had a busy day judging from his feathers. Excellent details of his face, eye and plumage. Marvelous colors and shadings. The pose is priceless.


Ömer bey harika:) Yerde bulamadığını havada bulur inşallah:)
Zamanlama çok güzel. Emeğinize sağlık.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-14 22:50]

Hi OMer

Amazing shot - the detail and lighting on the eye are exceptional. Fantastic pose and detail too.

Best wishes


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-15 0:06]

Hello Omer
Wonderful capture this lovely Common Buzzard preying for a lover!
Details are wonderful.

:)))) yine olay kare:D sevdiğini yerde değil haliyle gökte arıcak bu güzellik. Harika zamanlama ve arika bir sunum dostum.
Eline ve emeğine sağlık.
Selam ve sevgilerimle...

Merhaba Omer,
another fantastic capture of the Common Buzzard taken from an excelent POV with superb sharpness in a splendid posture, very beautiful colours, a very nice composition, very well done.
Have a good week
Ciao Maurizio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-15 1:46]

Hello Omer.
Well composed image. Very good sharpness. Nice colours. Wonderful pose. Overall well done.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Omer. Indeed a fantastic dynamic capture! Looking for his "love"?


Ciao Omer, beautiful bird in nice pose for Valentine's Day, wonderful colors, lovely natural ambientation, great sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-15 6:33]

ha ha ha... :))
original title, friend,
really seems to expect a miracle,
great idea and excellent capture
saludos Omer.

Why this Buzzard is looking up intently will ever remain an enigma for the viewer, Omer, though your caption suggests it is looking for a companion.
The eye in this picture is the focal point of my attention. There is something in it that has been beautifully captured.
Thanks and regards.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-15 10:14]

Merhaba Ömer,

A great close-up photo of these Common Buzzard
Lovely with the head up, we see nice the eye and beak
Good of color and nice presentation. TFS.
Very well composition and presentation.

Best regards,

ciao Omer!
curious posture...love comes from the heaven!!
thanks ciao sERGIO

Siempre es un deleite el observar tus fotografías Omer. Tienes un estilo conciso, claro, sencillo y realista. En esta nos muestras un gran realismo como es habitual en tus trabajos, con una buena gama de colores y un ojo muy bien captado.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-15 21:06]

Öemer bey süper poz ve süper zamanlama. Bir yırtıcının böyle masum bir poz vereceği aklıma gelmezdi valla:)
Elinize sağlık.

Hello Omer,

another great shot from you with good pov and dof.
fine colours.


Hi omer.
A very beautiful image and a very nice title.
Good capture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Hi Omer.

First of all, I like the title :-)
The image is fantastic as always.
Beautiful pose looking up the sky with sharp details around the eyes.
Excellent lenswork in capturing this in perfect composition.
Well done and TFS.


merhaba Ömer Bey,
10 günlük seyr-ü seferden sonra tekrar TN'ye ve sizlerin fotoğraflarını ziyaret etmeye fırsat bulabildim.
birkaç kez kulağınızı da çınlattığımı belirteyim:)
bu nefis kareye gelirsek; ustalık yine konuşmuş. bayıldım buna. pek şirin pek sempatik bakmış. zamanlamanız ve diğer fotoğrafik özellikler son derece güzel. elinize sağlık.
yılbaşı yakını Riva'nın tepedeki çayırlarında iki tanes şahin görmüştüm. birisi adeta evcilleştirilmiş gibi pozlar veriyor, çayırda solucanları topluyordu. bilmem onlardan biri mi ama bizim de çok güzel fotoğraflar çekmemize müsaade etmişti.
sağlıcakla kalın, iyi günler, selamlar.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-16 7:16]

Merhaba and Salam Omer,
what awonderful capture and what a wonderful pose given by the bird. Excellent sharpness and the moment is so well captured.
Well presented.
What an admiration for all the bird shots you have. They are really marvellous with stories and skills.


Hi dear omer ,
As always a great work from you.
It is perfect shot at nice moment.
Very well done.

Kind regards dear omer


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-17 5:11]

Hello Omer,
A very funny title for this beautiful Buzzard-picture! Original pose of the bird and a very well chosen decentred composition. Like always great and special shot!
Thanks a lot, also for your note.
Kind regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-02-17 8:56]

Ömer Bey harikasınız yine.Herç açıdan mükemmel bir sunum.Elinize emeğinize sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-17 9:13]

Funny title dear Omer and very well used.
Perfect shot where we can see very well the plume pattern in good conditions and good composition too.
TFS and see you at TN.
Kind regards,

Hello Omer,
This is a very nice shot, great sharpness and composition.. Well done


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-21 17:21]

Hello Omer,
What an interesting pose for a bird of prey. I have seen other birds looking up just like this when a hawk was high in the sky above them, but this is the first time I have ever seen a bird of prey in this pose.
Excellent detail captured with tac sharp focus and great DOF. beautiful colors and perfectly exposed. Well done!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-06 9:57]

Hi Omer.
What an attractive scene you managed to catch. Pose of the bird is simply amazing. I am also impressed with precise DOF, ultimate details of the bird and FG and as usual with splendid bokeh. Well done and TFS.

This "common" buzzard... you have done such a marvelous job on it...so wonderful a job that you have made it truly lovely... attractive enough to find a lover.... I'm sure.
Did your title "preying" suggest a "prey" = victim??? Or did you mean "praying" = supplication???
Loved the notes too.
Cheers from Mario in Canada.

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