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Pygmy Falcon

Pygmy Falcon
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Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A450, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-21 14:42
Viewed: 4229
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The African Pygmy-falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) is a falcon that lives in eastern and southern Africa, the smallest raptor of the continent. As a small falcon, only 19 to 20 cm long, it preys on insects, small reptiles and even small mammals.African Pygmy-falcons occasionally engage in polyandrous relationships, where there are more than two adults living together and tending nestlings. There are four potential reasons for this behavior: defense, co-operative polyandry, delayed dispersal of offspring, and thermoregulation (warmth). Corroboration for the last is that in winter African Pygmy-falcons nest further inside the nest of Sociable Weavers, where there is better insulation.[5]

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-21 14:53]

Hello Pierre.
Excellent portrait of this African Pygmy-falcon.I liked POV, colors,lighting and composition also. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-21 15:10]

Hello Pierre,
What a beautiful photo of this falcon in nice pose,great blue BG and excellent sharpness.Well done!.. TFS.

Hallo Pierre
a superb capture of the African Pygmy-falcon, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-22 2:12]

Hello Pierre,
Excellent photo of this African Pygmy Falcon. Great sharpness, details and very beautiful bright colours. Nice eye contact and a good composition.

Hello Pierre,
Fantastic portrait of a falcon, great composition, great focus.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-22 5:40]

Hello Pierre,
very special view of this pygmy. the blue sky indeed a pleasant and a wonderful capture. Its natural composition of branches with sharp thorns and stunning clarity of the plumage is a great achievement here.
Excellent work, lovely pose by the falcon too.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-22 6:48]

Fine composition for this little falcon, good pose and bright lighting. tfs.

Hi Pierre,

Fabulous rendition of this Pygmy Falcon you have presented us with today,

Fantastic point of view, great sharpness and fur texture you have captured,
Top draw stuff here,


very nice shot of the pygmy falcon, straight to the point!

Fantastic capture of this incredible African Pygmy-falcon, quite rare for TN I think! Briliant exposition and incredible detail!
George Veltchev

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-22 10:40]

Hi Pierre,a wonderful opic taken in the best light to create a fantastic contrast between the bird and the blue of sky,very impressive light balance,details and colors too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-03-22 10:45]

Hi Pierre,
Splendid photo of this Falco, great lights and fine details and colors, TFS!

Hello Pierre,
Fabulous! I could go on and on about colours and definition and composition and overall quality but in the end I just want to sit back and enjoy this beautiful image. What a pleasure to view.

Hello Pierre,
Now this is absolutely stunning. Beautiful eye contact with good detail. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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