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See-see Partridge

See-see Partridge
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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: 2015-06-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 400 mm F 5.6 L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-13 4:52
Viewed: 5838
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi, back with another southeast Turkey species. I actually live in Ankara, but a 5-day trip to SE was very productive in terms of photography so I'll just upload from there for a while.
This here is a brilliant male See-see Partridge (Ammoperdix griseogularis-TR:Kum Kekliği). It has a rather limited distribution, from southeast Turkey to Iran and Pakistan, also covering Syria, Iraq and immediately adjacent parts of Caucasus. It breeds in open and dry country or semi-desert, usually with boulders and hills. It is a very terrestrial species and it almost always runs for cover instead of flying.
Male has a very distinctive face mask and neck spotting (separating it from the similar Sand Partidge A. heyi of Near East). Female is much duller and vermiculated.
There are about 4000-6000 pairs in Turkey and population is generally stable. They are confined to a small area, from Gaziantep to around Şırnak.
This male was one of the 6 individuals (5m, 1f) we saw while birding the steppes south of Sanlıurfa. They are not exactly shy but they are wary, even though they almost always stay out in the open. Most of the time we saw them running across a road or a field on the roadside.
Not a close photograph but I like the lighting of this one.
Thanks for your critiques - means a lot!

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amazing bird and a perfect capture, u are lifting the quality here :) TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-13 6:20]

Hello Kuzey,
Another great quality picture with this partridge in superb sharpness, details and splendid warm colours. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

hallo Kuzey
GREAT-great shot!
super good light and super good sharpness
nice composition and beautiful colours
thanks again gr lou

Hi Kuzey,
You were lucky to get such GOLDEN HOUR light here. I prefer such light which helps to enhance the quality of Photograph. Beautiful Partridge with attractive stripes and dots. Excellent BG as well as nice POV. Good work.....
Thanks for sharing your work with informative NOTE,
Best Regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-13 9:58]

Hello Kuzey,
A very handsome partridge.I really like that red eye in the black band on the white face.
Stunning color contrasts.Great POV, sharp details and excellent light.
The colors on this bird are really beautiful.Regards Sigi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-13 19:40]

Hello Kuzey,
An absolute stunning bird and one I am not familiar with. The unusual markings on it's breast is gorgeous with bands of black, orangish brown and white colors. The head is nicely patterned also with the gray throat, black stripe from middle forehead extending over it's eye and lined with a pretty white ear patch. Top it off with a bright orange bill and you have one beautiful specimen. Love the wonderful eye contact you managed to capture. Looks like you had some challenging light to deal with, but you managed the exposure perfectly. Well done!!

wow!!! fantastic, with this very nice,warm light coming from the side.
have a nice day

enfes bir kare. Tebrikler Kuzey Cem. Bu vesile ile TN'ye hoşgeldin diyeyim.

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2015-08-19 10:08]


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