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Hard light landing

Hard light landing
Photo Information
Copyright: Dave Holland (daveman) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 2 N: 44] (172)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, 52mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-04 17:11
Viewed: 4044
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Young merlin, hunting near the ground, for bugs. Moments later he caught a dragonfly on the wing. They are surprisingly tame at this time of year, not wary enough of local dogs and cats. Taken from our front yard in mid afternoon. Used 1.4X extender.

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Hi Dave, very nice capture of this young merlin, nice & sharp good composition....Cheers Rick

The first thing one sees is that poised claw, Dave, and it really helps make the picture. The close-up and sharpness are great. The lighting is good. The angle of the chain adds interest, and the cropping is good, although you could probably still take a bit more off the top. Nicely done -- keep 'em coming!


Great shot. Unfortunately, I think your copyright detracts from the picture.

  • Great 
  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-09-29 15:28]

Wow, Dave, lovely crisp and sharp shot of this fellow landing....excellent detail of claw stretched for landing and showing his leg feathers clearly.......great composition.


  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-09-29 18:35]

Hello Dave,
Timing, details and shutter speed are all great Dave, what a splendid capture of this raptor in flight ,thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-12 8:56]

Hi Dave, Wow what vistitors you have in your front yard! Great action shot, before landing on the post. Very well exposed capturing good light, textures and colour. Nice and sharp. Good work.

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