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Hobby *for Joey*

Hobby *for Joey*
Photo Information
Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 640, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 1, For Joey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-23 9:31
Viewed: 5319
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Hobby at Stockers Lake nature reserve. I want to thank Joe Kellard (Joey) for inviting me, Necip and Vinny to his home patch today. I had a great day.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), or just simply Hobby, is a small slim falcon. It belongs to a rather close-knit group of similar falcons often considered a subgenus Hypotriorchis. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 as Falco subbuteo.

This species breeds across Europe and Asia. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa.
Adults are slate-grey above, and streaked lengthwise below, with a white throat. Close views enable the red "trousers" and vent to be seen. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are generally much browner.

It is a bird of open country such as farmland, taiga and savannah. They are widespread in lowlands with scattered small woods.

It is an elegant bird of prey, appearing sickle-like in flight with its long pointed wings and square tail. It will take large insects, such as dragonflies, which are transferred from talons to beak and eaten in flight. It also captures small birds in flight. Its speed and aerobatic skills enable it to take swallows and even swifts on the wing, and Barn Swallows or House Martins have a characteristic "hobby" alarm call.
Hobbies nest in old nests of crows and other birds, laying 2-4 eggs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-23 9:34]

Hello Pekka,
A great in-flight of a Hobby taken from directly below. The plumage colours and details of this attractive falcon are sharply and well shown.
TFS this beauty,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-23 9:38]

Hello Pekka,
Very very nice shot! I like your POV and the clarity of the details on this one. Good shot!
Regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-23 9:50]

Hi Pekka,

A magnificent shot and pov of this Hobby. He is perfectly vertical with the body parallel to the wings. Such a great view of his body and face with excellent details. The wings are amazing - and you froze them perfectly. I love the colors against the blue sky. Marvelous capture and composition.


Hi Pekka, a beautiful shot of a beautiful bird. You've really caught all the detail of the plumage from the "moustache" head markings down to the red "legs". Cheers, Steve

Hi Pekka,

Good image showing all the detail in the feathers of this bird. Well done


Hi Pekka..a perfect underside shot, the colours, markings and detail is textbook...very sharp and well defined.regards h

Hello Pekka,
Interesting content. Strange name...a Hobby:-)
The wings are long-pointed indeed.
Well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-23 11:55]

Hi Pekka. I hope you had a good day at Stockers the Hobby is a bonus. I was trying to go but i have had to work . You captured this inflight right over head , showing the underside so well with good detail and natural color in the feathers. well done TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-23 13:30]

Hi Pekka!!
Thanks very, very much for this :-)))
You got a fantastic shot of this Hobby.
Excellent detail and perfect exposure.

Really good to meet you again and I'm glad you enjoyed the day too :-)



Hello Pekka,
Nice shot of the inflight Hobby to have the full view on the lower part of the great bird!
the pattern really looks nice and captured well with good sharpness, nice colour and details
many thanks for the sharing

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-08-24 0:49]

Hi Pekka
Good to meet you at Stockers's Lake yesterday - I'm glad this shot came out so well! Excellent details of the underside.
Kind Regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-24 2:31]

Hello Pekka, WOW what shot. The shot covering the entire wings and the clarity is amazing. Superb design and clarity is brilliant. Excellent focus. Ganesh

Hi Pekka

Great in-flight shot of this beautiful hobby/ Very striking plumage.
Great composition.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-08-24 14:04]

Hi Pekka
this is a very nice fly image
very well done.

Hi Pekka was great meeting you and the rest. This is superb and I saw how nice this looked on your cam as I compared it to mine :-) Was hoping to see your efforts with the swallow attacking this bird it was a good moment captured well. I expect you forgot that you were on f/10 after we snapped on the DFlies, then again it should have come in usefull getting the DOF with the swallow hot on it's tail. Keep up the great work it was great meeting a fine photographer as yourself and sharing your experiences. Best rgds Necip

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-25 7:25]

Hello Pekka,
Brilliant view of this Hobby in flight. KThe light, colours and details are all very nice indeed. Nice focus on the eye too. Sounds like you had a great meeting photographing birds!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Since I have been in field trip for a long time, I cant visit your last posts. Sorry. This is one of the best for this beautiful falcon species. Great focus and colors. Nicely composed and noted. Thanks. best wishes

Hi Pekka, fantastic flying bird with splendid details and excellent sharpness, great dedication for dear friend Joe, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-08-26 8:45]

Hello Pekka,
From the last weeks I had a lot of photos to work off. This one I enjoy very well. What a beauty in an excellent exposure. Great sharpness. Good quality!
Kind regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-26 20:18]

Hello Pekka! Very nice shot of this flying Hobby ( it looks like a Kestrel that we have here) Great exposure nad fine details, well done, thanks!


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