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Fastest on the Planet

Fastest on the Planet
Photo Information
Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-17 6:49
Viewed: 2011
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please take some Gravol tablets before attempting to photograph these birds ... because their speedy dipping & diving will almost certainly cause some momentary bouts of nauseousness without. It has been clocked at speed upto 389 km/h (242 mph) and is the world's most widespread raptor.

The Peregrine Falcon is an amazing and threatened raptor that was almost completely wiped in the 1960s due to that nasty DDT usage.


Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Genus: Falco
Species: F. peregrinus

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Ciao Derek, great capture of fantastic in-flight falcon, perfect focus, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Derek
Wonderful shot it is.
Deep blue sky with a flying Falcon.
great one.
best wishes,

Hi Derek,
beautiful bird in flight. Excellent sharpness and details. Very good light. Amazing blue sky as a background.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo Derek
a beauty with great details and great sharpness beautiful colours to
gr lou

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-10-17 11:09]

Hi Derek
lovely bird indeed
great catchlight, sky and sharpness

Hi Derek
Very special in flight shot of this incredible species.Excellent colours and details.Congrats!
Best wishes!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-17 14:15]

Hi Derek,very fast but not for your camera..eheh.great timing and very professional capture of details,a very professional work!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-17 20:28]

Hello Derek,
You are correct about the speed of these beautiful little raptors, they are like speeding bullets. I have only viewed a few of these birds in my life, and one was up at the stadium during a Cleveland Indians baseball game.
They have certainly (as you stated) started to make a comeback, since they literally were almost wiped out in the 60's.
Love the wonderful detail you managed to capture on this particular shot. I'm sure you were a bit dizzy afterwards:)

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-18 11:36]

Hi Derek,
Beautiful falcon,excellent colours and perfectly sharpness details. Nice capture of flying bird and perfect blue background.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-19 16:57]

Hello Derek
very lovely capture. The details and the colours of the bird is excellent. With the attractive blue sky, this view is irresistable.
Well done.


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