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Female Sparrowhawk

Female Sparrowhawk
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-03-23 8:25
Viewed: 4227
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus

Swedish name: Sparvhök.

We made use of the spring sunshine to visit the island that is now close to us after our move, Öland.

While driving across the flat limestone area known as the Alvar, Ulla spotted this female Sparrowhawk. This individual must have just arrived from further south as she seemed tired and did not bother to fly off when we stopped the car to take pictures of her.

The female is larger than the male and her barring on the breast is not orange-toned like the male. She may also be on the look out for birds like the skylark that nest on the Alvar.

Though some stay in Sweden those that nest in the north of the country spend the winter in more southern parts of Europe, like this female may have done.

The limestone wall that she is resting on is typical for Öland.

This was taken from the car at a distance of about 10 meters

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened using the unsharp mask mode and reduced in size for TN.

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Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely sparrowhawk on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, perfect focus, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan,
Fantastic photo of this sparrowhawk with a great eye contact.
Captured with fine details & sharpness. The yellow eye & yellow on the ground make it nice.
Well done & TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-23 9:10]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent photo of this Sparrowhawk in great sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Very nice blurred background. Attractive pose and composition.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2012-03-23 9:13]

beautiful perch. excellent picture

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-23 9:19]

Hi Ivan,great timing to take this parrowhawk in this magnificent pose,beautiful capture whit the best sharpness and colors,excellent work in PP as you wrote in the note.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Ivan
Just perfect compo and very nice bg

Hi Ivan,
really nice portrait of this bird. Great point of view. Nice colours.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ivan,
A great portrait of sparrowhawks, super natural colors, great composition.

hello Ivan
very good sharpness composition and great details of this nice sparrowhawk
colours are very good naturel
thanks greeting lou

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-23 10:28]

Hi Ivan,

Very natural shot of this impressive bird. The way it looks is superb: looking for prey!


Hello Ivan

Excellent close-up photo of this species of bird of prey,
with fine POV and the way it is framed on the image,
beautiful soft light, excellent focus sharpness details,



Fantastic image of this Sparvhök and I love its Swedish
name too! Good evening Ivan! This image is certainly
spectacular in every single way. Great simplicity, great
point of view, and great depth! In my opinion the brightness can
be reduced slightly in order to recover the detail of the highlights!
But awesome image indeed! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-23 12:12]

Fantastic capture, Ivan!
Great sharpness and beautiful pose of the bird; splendid shades of colours and very nice contrast with a clean blurred background; wonderful eye contact. A beauty!
Thanks for sharing

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-03-23 12:14]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful photo of this nice bird of prey. Nice natural colours, good composition and details.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Hello Ivan,
Nice compozition with perfect detail.Excellent light with even illumination and great details sharpness against ont of background.
Have a nice weekend!

Ciao Ivan.
Che capolavoro di foto stupenda non ho parole,complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Bonjour Ivan,
Bonne valorisation du sujet sous un bon angle de prise de vue et dans une belle attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Ivan
Interesting subject and beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful soft colours

Hi Ivan,
Very good capture,great focus and sharpness,nice colours.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-24 5:13]

Bonjour Ivan,
Ideal grey surrounding making this Sparrowhawk-picture looking so harmonious. Lucky you that the bird was tired and didn't escape at the view of your camera. The lightning is a little bit strong. I see that George already made an WS.
I wish you and Ulla a nice and sunny weekend

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-24 7:03]

What a lovely hawk, beautiful pose and you have captured with fine composition and colors. the lighting is very soft and works well for the image. tfs.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-03-24 7:12]

Hello Ivan,
It's really excellent photo and splendidly composed. I like tone of colours this frame.
Regards, Pawel

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-03-24 9:12]

wow! impressive capture of this wonderful bird of prey!

Ciao Ivan. Great capture for the superb bird in pose. Brilliant colours MF and escelelnte details.


Hello Ivan,

Hope you are doing fine friend. This is a splendid shot of this European female Sparrowhawk.The limestone wall with lichen also looks great and adds to the yellow of the hawk's eye. The shot has been taken from a very good angle and the bird is fully visible for a good field identification. Thanks a lot for sharing a wonderful photo of a marvellous species....take care....warmest regards/Abid

Hello Ivan.
Interesting specimen with interesting name of two birds in one. Impressive capture from fine pov exposing very good details. The yellow lichen attracted my attention of this beautifully rendered tone and fine framing.

This is elegance incarnate, Ivan.
A beautiful Hawk captured in its most majestic posture. The eye, alert and watchful, speaks volumes about the character of this fearless hunter.
Superb image, both aesthetically and technically.
Best regards.

Wow Ivan, that is an awesome experience with a great photo as a bonus. great pose and composition looking into the picture

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-03-25 20:05]

Hello Ivan,
What a neat shot of this attractive little Sparrowhawk. You were fortunate to capture it in such a fine looking pose, which allows us to get a really good look at it's unique features and beautiful plumage.
I find it very difficuly to capture birds of prey here in Ohio, as they seem to be so elusive or afraid of people. Whenever I have tried to approach a hawk, it usually takes off before I can get close enough for a decent shot. Maybe I should start using my car from now on:) Great work!!

Hello Ivan,
Superb capture, great POV, great sharpness and colors.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
hello Vanni

Hello Ivan,
What a lovely species. Very good detalis.
well done
Have a good time.

Gran captura Ivan, con preciosas tonalidades y sobrada luz!
La especie es escasa aquí.
Los nuevos cultivos intensivos que se han instalado en los secanos están destruyendo en mi zona
gran parte de las aves esteparias, y lo que es peor: nadie se queja !

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-01 1:48]

Hello Ivan,
this is a real splendid capture of a hawk. The way it poses and the view is so exciting. The shining eyes and the well defined feathers really make this image a magnificent one. The view is so special and I think no other pose would be better.


wonderful subject, a fine pose in your very good composition, great performance!
regards Ivan

Hallo Ivan,
a fantastic capture of the Sparrowhawk, very good sharpness and colours, excellent point of view and very nice composition with a great posture of this marvellous bird of prey
Best regards

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