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Offering food to an angel

Offering food to an angel
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-29 1:18
Viewed: 5202
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I couldn't fit the 2nd bird in the frame, but I still like this scene a lot.
Thanks for looking

Western Marsh Harrier
Circus aeruginosus
TR: Saz delicesi

The marsh harriers are birds of prey of the harrier subfamily. They are medium-sized raptors and the largest and broadest-winged harriers. All breed in dense reedbeds.

The Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), often simply called the Marsh Harrier, breeds widely across Europe and Asia. It is migratory except in the mildest regions, and winters mainly in Africa. It hunts small mammals, insects and birds, surprising them as it drifts low over fields and reedbeds.

The Western Marsh Harrier is a typical harrier, with long wings held in a shallow V in its low flight. It also resembles other harriers in having distinct male and female plumages, but its plumages are quite different from those of its relatives. The male has wings with grey and brown sections and black wingtips. Its head, tail and underparts are greyish, except for the chestnut belly. The female is mainly brown with a cream crown and cream leading edge to her wings.

Being a good bit bigger than the Hen Harrier, the Marsh Harrier can take a wider variety of prey. During the breeding season his hunting area is reduced and it must take advantage of local abundances. At that time he concentrates on marsh birds and small mammals which are easily caught, relying on surprise rather than speed. The Harrier generally quarters flat areas at a height of only a few metres, always taking advantage of cover, sometimes hovering or performing impressive aerobatics before dropping with claws outstretched. Prey is sometimes spotted from a low perch.
Birds taken include poultry, ducks, waders, coot, moorhen, water rail, gulls, young pheasants and partridges, and songbirds and their young. Mammals include voles, mice, rabbits, moles, rats and young hares. Frogs are also important.

Status and behaviour in the wild
This species is a bird of swamps, marshes, flood plains or rice fields and reed beds. On migration it is much less likely to be seen in dry open grassland than other harriers and principally follows river valleys or coasts, though it must cross dry areas sometimes.

In its breeding areas, like other harriers, it spends a lot of the day on the wing, although probably less than many other harriers. It flies higher than other harriers, usually at ten to fifteen feet, and in a less buoyant and easy manner, though it has the harrier habit of gliding with wings held well above the level of the back.
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-29 1:40]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Üstekinin kadraja girmemesine rağmen mükemmel bir kare olmuş.Ayağındaki ava kedinin ciğere baktığı gibi bakıyor.Herhalde pek iyi şeyler düşünmüyordur:)Netlik,detaylar ve kompozisyon mükemmel olmuş.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-29 1:47]

Selen hanım selamlar,
Buna karşılık; nefis bir pozlama örneği...
Saz Delice'sinin kanatlarının açılımı ve ışık ayrı bir güzellik katmış.
Detayları net ve renkler başarılı.
Emeğinize sağlık,

Netlik detaylar ve ayrıca enstantane enfes.

Selen merhaba,
Nefis bir belge fotoğraf olmuş. Sanırım delicenin ayağındaki bir tarla faresi. Kuyruğunun biraz uzunca olduğuna bakılırsa Microtus ressiaemeridionalis olabilir.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-29 3:12]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic in flight and action capture.You were there at the right time.Excellent POV and very sharp image with fantastic details.
Well composed image.
Best regards Siggi

hello Selen
perfect scene,wonderful glance and photo

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-29 5:57]

Hi Selen
Excelelnt in flight capture.Good action and perfect timing.To bad for the second bird but it is steel a nice action image that represnt very well the feeding action.Good title to.
TFS Michel

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-29 9:20]

Çok nefis bir aksiyon, tebrikler Selen hanım.

Marhaba Selen,

An excellent in flight capture of these Marsh Harrier. Great action shot. TFS.



Merhaba Selen
a spectacular picture of Western Marsh Harrier, very good timing, superb postures of the birds of prey, very beautiful natural colours, i like the contrast of shade and light.
Best regards

A really superb shot, my dear friend Selen.Its been a long time away for me, and its great to see this beautiful shot.Indeed, this is a wonderful scene, and I really love the precision with which you've captured it!
Very well done!

Hy Selen
You captured here an important moment in the bird behavior! Even if you could not include in the picture the second bird completely, entire imagine is full with dynamism. Congratuletions!

Hi Selen

Great moment of actión, of these Marsh Harrier, and great pictures in you portfolio with the picture of Perú,
Best regards

Wonderful shot. Great POV with perfect sharpness, superb colour and details on this beauty!
Best wishes,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-05-03 10:58]

Merhaba Selen hanım nifis bir aksiyon olmuş elelrinize sağlık. selamlarımla cahit.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-05-03 18:47]

Fantastic capture Selen!
Your title fits your image perfectly! You were very fortunate to catch them in this marvelous pose!! Great stop action shot!!!

fantasticly sharp capture! TFS Ori

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-05-26 10:51]

Hi selen,

A unique moment captured skillfully. It is a shame the whole of the second harrier couldnt fit in the frame so that we could enjoy the eschange in its entirety, but still a great shot.



iki hafta önce, aynı yerde bu sahneyi çekeriz diye ümit edip beklemiştik. lakin sizinki gibi güzel bir kare yakalayamadık. zamanlaması ve aksiyonuyla çok güzel bir kare. elinize sağlık, Selen Hanım.
iyi geceler, selamlar.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-05-27 11:25]

Hi Selen,
amazing timing and details, the focus is sharp and very precise, well done!

Hello Selen,
This is one of the finest inflight details of the harriers with perfect lighting & details despite of constrains during the capture. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes-Subhash

Cool action capture Selen!

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