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The Fastest Creature?

The Fastest Creature?
Photo Information
Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-11 12:24
Viewed: 5217
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), sometimes formerly known in North America as Duck Hawk, is a medium-sized falcon about the size of a large crow: 38-53 cm (15 to 21 inches) long. The English and scientific species names mean "wandering falcon", and refer to the fact that some populations are migratory. It has a wingspan of about 1 metre (40 inches). Males weigh 570-710 grams; the noticeably larger females weigh 910-1190 grams.

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest creature on the planet in its hunting dive, the stoop, in which it soars to a great height, then free falls at speeds in excess of 420 km/h (260mph) into either wing of its prey, so as not to harm itself on impact. Although not self-propelled speeds, due to the fact that the falcon gathers the momentum and controls its dive, capture (if any) and landing in its own right, technically there is no faster animal.

Camera Set-up:
20D, C100-400mm, f5.6, TV 1/80, 580EX, ISO400, Handheld, PSed and uncropped.

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Hi Leo,
This is one of my prefered bird. This is well done with good details and explanations! Great POV, colors and BG too. I wonder where did you take this photo, you seem so close? TFS,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-11 15:49]

Hi Leo,

Great soft focus and colours in this fast falcon. My compliments and TFS.


Well done Leo. How far away were you from the bird. I wonder if flash light reached the bird?
great colours, etc...
Well done

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-11 17:21]

Hi Leo

Lovely shot of a stunning bird, the pose and POV is excellent, I think the colours are really nice and I like the pale green BG, the like caught in the eyes too.

Regards Hilary :)

Très belle prise. D'un naturel incroyable. Netteté et focal se très haute qualité. Merci

Hi Leo

Well done on a lovely shot. Complimentary OOF BG to enhance the image. Nicely composed. Lovely saturation of of colours. :-)

This is a falcon but I wonder if this is really a peregrine. Are you sure?

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