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Yabancı basinda Fethiye'den yetistiriciler...

Mesajgönderen selcuk » 27 Şub 2010 23:35

Merhabalar, haftalık Guvercın Gazetesı Racing Pigeon Newsletter bu sayısında Jane Tuna Akatay'ın Fethıye Ziyaretı sırasında taklaci guvercin besleyen Sn Selçuk Yildiz ve Fethiye Guvercın Dernegı Baskanı Sn Ümit Karagöz ıle yapılan roportajı yayınladı. Orjınal yazı asagıdadır. Sevgılı Selcuk ve Umıt'e basarılı tanıtımlarından dolayı tesekkurler..

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A thriving sport in Fethiye: Pigeon Fancying

In the Mediterranean coastal town of Fethiye, a wheeling cloud of more than a hundred pigeons, known by professionals as a 'kit,' take their exercise at the same time every day, obscuring the sky above the Lycian tomb of Amintas. This breathtaking sight links the modern sport, popular in many parts of Turkey, with the ancient history of the Orient and of these spectacular birds.
Turkey is celebrated for its remarkable array of speedy, tumbling, spinning varieties of pigeons, which have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years.
Many of the 550 breeds of pigeons are found in all corners of the globe and some very famous people worldwide have been known to have a passion for the sport of racing pigeons, or “pigeon fancying,” including Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
Selçuk Yildiz has more than 100 pigeons of different breeds living in coops behind his house. Originally from Gaziantep, but now living in the village of Ýnlice, between Fethiye and Göcek, Yildiz knows each one of his birds and handles them with gentle love. They know him too and respond to his low whistles and calls.
Yildiz explains that pigeons pair for life and have a special way of raising their young, each taking turns to incubate their precious eggs.
“They are extraordinary birds. The parents assiduously care for their young, who stay in the nests for 10 weeks, much longer than many other birds, and emerge strong and feathered,” he said. “The adult bird produces new feathers once every year and can live for 15 years in captivity.”
The long period in the nests is why baby pigeons are seldom seen, he added.
Pigeons’ top enemies are birds of prey such as hawks and falcons, for which a plump, healthy pigeon can make a tasty meal. “Turkish pigeon lovers can only pray that their birds return home safely,” said Yildiz.
“Different breeds of pigeons have different abilities. Some are show varieties. Others are bred as ‘homing,’ or racing, birds,” he added. “These can fly from sunrise to sunset at incredible speeds.”
No matter where they fly in the world, the basic training for a homing pigeon is the same. In the early days of training, the young racers are taken several miles from home and taught to return quickly to get the tastiest grains. At first, they are released as a “kit,” or group, but to give them more experience and self-confidence, a trainer will often have them fly home solo.
Show breeds include Tumblers, Rollers and Tipplers. One example of a special Turkish pigeon is the Hünkari (Sultan) pigeon, a crested white bird that originates in Ýzmir and Manisa and was bred in Ottoman times. The Turkish Takla (Tumbler) is probably the most popular bird, coming in many different colors with a frill of feathers around its feet.
As the name suggests, these bird are famous for their tumbling – falling and spinning through the air, sometimes from amazing altitudes – before finally landing elegantly. They are mostly known by the name of the town where they originated – Denizli or Sivas, for example, as well as Bursa, said to be one of the oldest tumbler breeds in the world. Other Turkish breeds include Dönek, Kelebek and Dolapçı.
Another famous breed is the Messenger pigeon, or Posta in Turkish, which has played an important role in military campaigns as recently as World War II. The United Kingdom used about 250,000 homing pigeons during that war. The Dickin Medal, the highest possible decoration for valor that can be given to an animal, was awarded to 32 pigeons, including the U.S. Army Pigeon Service’s G.I. Joe and the Irish pigeon Paddy. Incredibly, the last “pigeon post” service was abandoned in India in 2004, with the birds retired to live out the rest of their days in peace.
Pigeon fancying itself has a rich and ancient history. It is suggested that the sport traveled from the steppes of Central Asia with Turkey’s Shamanistic forebears, or along the Silk Road from the Far East. Perhaps it came from Mesopotamia. Whichever it was, Turkish towns and cities as diverse as Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Bursa, Sivas and Gaziantep have a large number of clubs and societies in which this remarkable bird is cherished and celebrated.
Although the southeast town of Mardin is regarded as the most renowned for pigeon fancying as a sport, it is in Şanlıurfa that the famous “Battle of the Skies” takes place. This is a daily spectacle of tumbling, soaring pigeons filling the sky above the town, said to date back to 2,000 B.C., to the time of King Nemrud.
There is little media coverage of the event other than in local papers, and in many parts of the world, the sport is in decline, but Turkey has a large and active Pigeon Fanciers Federation with a wide regional network, including a very active group in Fethiye. This branch has more than 400 members, many of who come together every Saturday evening to discuss things important to pigeon fanciers – such as buying and selling the chicks of prize winners from the more than 180 Turkish breeds – and share information.
Members of the group also organize their own shows and travel to others all over the country. The “joy of the competition” is a large part of the weekly meeting, according to club chairman Ümit Karagöz, whose passion for this sport is clear as he explains how intelligent the birds are.
“They can be taught some complex skills and are among the very few animals that can pass ‘the mirror test,’ where they appear to recognize themselves,” he said. “We can train pigeons to obey commands – whistles, mostly – and some rules. All competing birds are liberated at the same time and on their return home, the rubber ring is used to measure the velocity – and the fastest wins! A master timer coordinates the results.”
Karagöz said he is delighted by the popularity of the sport in Fethiye – and in Turkey generally. “For many countries, pigeon fancying is seen as a sport for older people, but here it is wonderful to see so many young men participating,” he added. This idiosyncratic sport is an interesting one to watch too and it is not difficult to understand how attached the fanciers become to their birds.
“It is a wonderful way to relax after work,” Karagöz said. “I feel really emotional when I see my birds returning home after a long journey. For me, it’s a million times better than football.”
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Re: Yabancı basinda Fethiye'den yetistiriciler...

Mesajgönderen İskender Damgacı » 27 May 2010 18:02

Selamlar Selçuk bey,

Size paylaşımınız için Fethiyeli arkadaşlarımızada başarılı tanıtımları için teşekkürler.....
Söz konusu sisteme üye oldum ancak henüz bir gelişme olmadı. Acaba yapılacak başka işlemler varmı?

Yazıyı tercüme etmeye çalıştım ama çok başarılı olduğum söylenemez. Profesyonel bir çeviri gerekli!
Yardımcı olacak arkadaşlarımıza şimdiden teşekkürler..
Büyük dedesinin ismini bilmeyen kimilerine Dolapçı'nın 800 yılından bahsedince ağır gelmiş olabilir, pardon!..
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