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approach without camouflage

approach without camouflage
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Copyright: Jorge Javier RUBIO CASADO (jrubiocasado) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 110 N: 1040] (6112)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, 500 /4L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/630 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-10 14:39
Viewed: 3700
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
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Hi Friends
This kestrel allowed me to approach to me until about 6 or 7 meters (without no type of camouflage). In Spain this is impossible to less than 100 meters and to foot already they leave flying, in car hold a little plus about 25 meters. Although the color of the wood is not of my affability, it either does not get to me to dislike that difference between the yellow of the legs and the green bottom of the field.
I hope that you like

Hola [email protected]
Es increible como este cernícalo me dejó acercarme hasta llegar a unos 6 ó 7 metros sin ningún tipo de camuflaje. Lo vimos posado en este poste (lo malo, aunque no me desagrada del todo con el contraste patas fondo y poste azul es lo que había) pero como os decía es una pasada en España estas aves no te dejan ni acercarse a 100 metros, dentro de un coche te puedes acercar algo más pero no menos de 25 metros y en Suecia estas y otras aves te dejan acercarte a unas distancias tan cortas que no te lo puedes creer.
Y al realizar un movimiento brusco salió volando, pero si no lo hubiera realizdo me imagino que habría dejado acercarme hasta la distancia mínima de enfoque 4,5 metros.
Espero que os guste, un saludo a [email protected]

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Hi Jorge,nice pics,verry good shot,cheer.TFS

Hello Jorge,
Never new that these kind of birds gould be that tame in the wild.
Overhere in the Netherlands it's possible to come this close when driving a car, but withour camouflage.....No way!!!!
Beautiful capture with excellent composition, sharpness, DOF and lighting.
At first glance I thought that the blue painted poles were drewing to much attention and were a little distracting, but after looking at the image for longer time they don't, and actually add something like contrast.
Thanks for sharing,
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Jorge,
You were lucky to be that close to this beautiful creature. This is a nice composition with good details and exposure. I love the color of the BG as well. Thanks!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-10 17:00]

Hola Jorge. Me agrada la fina pose de este Halcon. Bellos los detalles y gran calidad en la foto. Luis52.

Jorge, Very well composed. Yes you are lucky to be within 7 meters. The bird must be very bold. The background is perfect. As mentioned by you, I wish the perch were a tree or even a stump without painting.
- Murali Santhanam

Wonderful image, excellent comp,detail and dof.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-10 23:42]

Hi Jorge,

Guess you were lucky this day as in sweden as well they mostly fly away when you approach them,anyway you managed to make your profit of this opportunity and framed this kestrel excellent with good colors detail and a nice layered oof BG,have a nice weekend and tfs


Hi Jorge, lovely image good POV, I might have cropped in a bit tighter to get more detail, but very nice work tfs :) Cheers Rick

Hi Jorge
great capture with perfect compo, given that this is still not a full frame. I particularly like the blue BG line together with the blue wooden pole, the open space to the right and the nice catchlight
well done!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-08-11 0:15]

hi Jorge
very nice shot (without camouflage) the result is really nice. Good DOF, light and colors (i like the BG to).


selam, excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-08-11 2:19]

Hi Jorge,

Wonderful capture. The composition with the blue poles are splendid.Also the colors of the blurred background are superb. My compliments!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-11 2:49]

hello Jorge,
Very subtle picture of this Kestrel. Amazing that you could approach so close. You must know how to speak to animals! Très, très belle image

Hi jorge!!!

excellent image!like your compo and magnificent BG!the compo is really perfect!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-12 17:50]

Hello Jorge
Excellent composition.Very sharp image with nice details and colors.The BG blur and colors are outstanding.
TFS Michel

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-13 0:43]

Hola Jorge,
realmente genial amigo,
casi increible lo de tu comentario,
pues a vivir pa Suecia, alli te haces el rey...
el bg, es original, ahora tengo demasiado trabajo, ya que se accidentó un chico en el curro.
saludos Jorge, sigues de vacaciones??

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-13 0:51]

Hola Jorge Javier,
Nice capture of this kestrel with good composition, POV, colors, lighting and a very nice background. TFS
Un saludo,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-13 7:39]

Hola Jorge Javier,
I hope you had a good trip to Sweden.
This female Kestrel is certainly and excellent capture: the yellow legs on the blue post- the Swedish colours! Fine bokeh BG and very good sharpness.
I agree with you: the blue does not look natural but it is a fine shot!

Seguramente porque los suecos son más civilizados que los del sur...
Buen trabajo.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-16 4:58]

Hola Jorge Javier,
Bella foto (a mi no me estorba el palo azul) e impresionante dato el que nos aportas sobre la conducta comparada de los cernícalos suecos y españoles. Doy por hecho que los cernícalos no tienen "cultura" que justifique el hecho y no veo cómo escapar de que somos los humanos los que hemos creado esta pauta.
José M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-27 6:40]

Hello Jorge,
This is a lovely capture of the Kestrel in beautiful light. Very sharp details and I like the big yellow claws showing! I like its pose too and the colours of the plumage are beautiful.
I hope you enjoyed your holiday in Sweden!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-11 14:56]

Hello Jorge ! I really like your picture, the bird is razor sharp against the blurred background. The pose is very good and the exposure is perfect. Thanks !


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