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Noble falcon

Noble falcon
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Copyright: Reinier van Gijsen (moemf) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4~f/5.6G
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - I chapter, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-07 9:24
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Lanner Falcon garced me with the opportunity of a shot. In Afrikaans its name is Edelvalk which translates into Noble Falcon. It is easy to understand why this name was chosen when one considers the beauty of these birds. Their graceful flight over the African sands of the Kalahri desert are a sight one needs to see to fully appreciate.

They grow to between 38 and 45cm and can be easily recognised by the bold redish-brown markings on the face and head and the dark brown or black back with slight striped markings.

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Brilliant Pic of the Lanner Falcon. It's clear and detailed. I also like the Composition and POV. TFS,

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  • agea0 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 0] (86)
  • [2006-02-07 9:32]

Hi Reinier
Great portrait:)


Excellent pic and a useful note. I like the coposition and the color. The DOF could have been better , try shooting in F8/F11.


This is a nice portrait of a juvenile Lanner. I would make one small correction to your note - the dark brown back is only seen in juveniles - in adults it is blue-grey, cross-barred with a darker shade, sometimes with a brownish overall tinge.
Regards, Nigel.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-07 11:04]

Great portrait of this falcon, Reinier. Great POV and sharp details.
I also really like the texture and colors on the tree trunk.
Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Reinier,
this is a majestic bird, congratulations, you made a wonderful shot of it.
I think this is amazing to see such a big bird so near, very good shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Reinier,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for posting.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-07 14:07]

Hi Reinier,
Great capture of beautiful falcon from wild,
Good details with nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Reinier,
I'm still very busy, so have no time for a longer visit to TN.
Very good capture, and as always good details, colours, sharpness and composition.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-07 21:47]

Superbe prise et très bel oiseau.

Félicitations et merci Reinier!


Super portrait, Reinier.
Rich in colours and textures. This one is certainly deserving to be on a nature magazine.

Regards, Petru

Hi Reinier

Nice shot. Good POV and well composed. Crisp, clear and sharp. Excellent exposure and depth of colour. Good job. Thanks.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-08 12:09]

Reinier, this is very nice.

The bird was looking at you...

Excellent pov. The tree as a bg worked really nicely.


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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-02-08 12:21]

Bonjour Reinier,
Quelle belle prise ! Beaucoup de détails dans le plumage bien restitué. Félicitations. Gérard

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-02-10 3:43]

Great shot of falcon. I like the pose. Colours are beautiful in shade. Nice One.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-02-15 8:28]

Hi Reinier, great composition love the Falcon aginst the texture of the wood. TFS.

I am off to kgalgadi as soon as work permits.!
thanks for this wonderful shot!

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