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Copyright: gurkan akcakir (izmirli) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1448 W: 0 N: 1276] (17370)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-28
Categories: Daily Life
Exposure: f/4.9
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-29 13:51
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Interesting Facts
Why don't storks fly over the sea?
It is generally known that on their way to wintering sites storks fly over Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Why don’t they take a shortcut and fly over the Mediterranean, straight to the Nile? Even small birds, like flycatchers and garden warblers, do not fly round the sea, but cover great distances flying over water for several hours.
Stork’s wings are built in a way, which allows them to take advantage of the streams of upward moving air. They are long and, compared to other birds, very wide – similar to these of vultures, condors, pelicans and the closest relatives of storks. Large wings of a stork “catch” the up going streams of air. Storks travel like gliders, taking advantage of the air movement. However, the resistance caused by such large wings makes it impossible to flap them (Try to flap a glide!) Gliding with wings spread wide means "flying for free", while every flap of a wing costs a lot of energy.

Before noon, especially on sunny days, the surface of the earth warms up. Warm earth causes the air to warm up and warm air moves upwards. If a stork finds such a stream of hot air, it can travel for hours without a single flap of wings.

It is easy to find warm air over the desert territories of Asia Minor and the Middle East. So, even if the journey is longer, it is energy saving. Meanwhile, there are mainly horizontal winds over the seas, so storks traveling over water would be forced to flap their wings a lot. They are not adjusted too such a way of flying. This is why storks fly over the land – it takes longer but is energy-saving and save.

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Merhabalar Gürkan Bey;
Bakınca kaos var. Ancak trafikte en ufak bir sıkışıklık yok. Biz üç tane helikopterle yapmaya kalksak sonuç kesinlikle facia olurdu.
Ellerinize sağlık, "O An " fotografı olmuş.


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  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2007-08-29 14:05]

Merhaba Arkadasim resim mukemmel cok guzel zaman bulabilmisin cok sevdim fav oldu iyi aksamlar selamlar Necip

merhaba GÜRKAN hocam .
fotoğrafın istanbulda çekildiğini yeni farkettim.
bu karmaşanın kendi içindeki düzeni anlamak güç .
bilği notunu anlamak isterdim aslen :)
elinize sağlık. iyi geceler dilerim .

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2007-08-29 15:09]

It sure is a dizzy making picture, Gurkan. Over here I saw a few thousand birds migrate too - but they went up north. Can't figure that out... But they made a lot of noise.
Anyway, you captured a lot of storks here, very impressive. Thanks for the note too, very interesting. I learnt something!

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2007-08-29 15:09]

Hi Gurkan,
Interesting photo and note--- WOW never seen so many at one time. TFS Julie

Göçü son derece iyi anlatan bir fotoğraf, harika olmuş, teşekkürler Gürkan..


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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2007-08-29 15:11]

Hi Gürkan ,
It is hallucinating the number of birds at the same time, I never saw that! Great capture! Thanks
Best regards

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  • basir Gold Star Critiquer [C: 404 W: 6 N: 187] (1475)
  • [2007-08-29 15:53]

Fotografik görüşe örnek bir çalışma.
İnan kardeşim gibi notunuzu anlama isteği bende de çok fazla.


what a beutiful storm.. they are thousand.. great mood in this show of the nature.. my compliments for this happy capture..
ciao Marco

sorry gurkan.. i have clicked.. the wrong botton.. it's a mistake.. dont worry to me... dont cancel me.. ok.. make what u want.. i'm sorry.. it'a mistake..

Hello Gurkan!
Incredible shot!
Nice capture!
Beautiful colours and lovely atmosphere!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

Merhaba Gurkan:If I stare into this picture for a while I can almost see the migration move .. this makes the photo special ...... well done and a great phot fot the Audubon Society......... Thanks My Friend..........Roman:0)

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  • hderin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 26 N: 256] (1484)
  • [2007-08-29 18:34]


Modern resim havasında sanatsal bir çalışma olmuş. Elleriniz dert görmesin. Gerçekten o hareketlilik içerisinde yakalanması çok zor bir kompozisyon.

Tebrikler ve hürmetlerimle :)

Haluk Derinöz

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-08-30 4:17]

merhaba Gürkan bey;
ne zaman böyle kuş topluluğu görsem, içimde bir his ya güzel yada kötü birşey olacağını söyler...Bir göç zamanı galiba, güzel bir kare, renkler harika selam ve saygılar...

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-08-30 10:52]

Merhaba Gurkan
An interesting shot, so we should see the storks soon in our places too. And thanks for the information in the note, it is interesting too.

Merhaba Gürkan Bey,
Özgürlük ve barış çağrışımı olan bu güzel
çekiminize bayıldım. Teşekkürler.. Selamlar.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Gurkan

Nice shots and if you use CPL will add more blue to the sky, I think...

Amri HMS

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2007-08-31 15:28]

Interesting photo. WOW never seen so many at one time. Well done.

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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2007-08-31 17:09]

Merhaba Gurkan,
Amazing! Looks like a hazardous flight, even if only gliding, in a group that large.
To my knowledge, I've not seen a live stork, but I am a huge fan of the pelican, and I found your note very informative. I'd like to update my note on "The Lone Pelican" with a link to your shot, if the site will allow it.
Thanks very much for the shot and information.
All the best,

Merhaba Gürkan,
Renk detay ve komposizyonu ile çok güzel bir çalışma.Tebrikler.

Merhaba Gürkan Bey,
Aynı manzara ile karşılaşmıştım fotograf makinam yanımda olmadığı için çok üzülmüştüm. Sizin aynı anı yakalayıp paylaşımınıza teşekkür ederim.
Selamlar & Saygılar

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-09-04 10:34]

Hi Gurkan

Amazing sight! your photo has certainly shown us the scale of this event. I loved the note as well - lots of facts I didn't know



Good shot of an usually large assembly of storks and informative note. TFS

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