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White-headed Duck

White-headed Duck
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Copyright: Kuzey Cem Kulacoglu (kuzeycem) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 32] (198)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 400 mm F 5.6 L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-11 12:20
Viewed: 1768
Points: 14
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Hi everyone, this is my first photograph here :) Nice to register into a new site.
This is a female (perhaps juvenile?) White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala-TR:Dikkuyruk). It is found around Mediterranean and Central Asia. It is considered an Endangered species by IUCN Red List, for good cause. It suffers from habitat destruction, climate change and illegal hunting.
There is estimated to be a global population of roughly 8000-13,000 individuals. Once a lake in Turkey (called Lake Burdur) hosted almost %90 percent of the world population each winter, but now the birds have declined and they seem to be redistributing in the Middle East.
It is a rare breeder in my local patch and I was lucky enough to see 2 males and a female this week.
I know the background is a bit crowded, sorry about that.
Please give feedback, I love learning my mistakes :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-11 12:23]
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Hi Kuzey,welcome on treknature,i'm proud to be the first to comment your first pic.And it's very very nice,a curious duck specie not often seen in this gallery,i like your point of view perfect to take the magic reflections,and the impressive sharpness too,very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-11 12:49]

Welcome to TN,
I have never seen those beautiful ducks. The picture is superb with the water . I also like the very low pov making us very close to it. Wildlife always fascinate me!
Regards Sigi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-11 13:01]

Hello Kuzey,
What a great first appearance! And welcome on TN. Awesome start with this special duck in good sharpness, details and beautiful warm colours taken from a perfect low point of view. Nice reflection on the water too.
Excellent note! Indeed the background is a bit crowded, but that's no point at all.
I hope to see a lot more of these quality photos from you.

I agree with the rest of my colleagues: Great debut, Kuzey !!! Elegant elongated composition. Wonderful color balance; spectacular visual game: the perfect reflection of the bird's head in the water; crisp on the main subject on the move; perfect exposure; very interesting your note further.


Hernán Bortondello

Ciao Kuzey, welcome on TN, lovely composition with fascinating reflections, great capture of nice duck, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Kuzey,
Welcome to TN. Hope you will show us different kind of Flora and Fauna from your beautiful country.
Excellent photograph of this Duck and reflection is really outstanding. I have tried to see this Photograph doing upside down and Duck looks almost same. Excellent reflection Kuzey! I like its warm color as well as sharpness. Ripples on water added a natural look.....good work.
Thanks for sharing
Thanks for your inspiration on my last post. It will help me to do better in future. Thank you again.....

Welcome :) superb capture of this rare bird, TFS Ori

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