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Endemic Raptor


Endemic Raptor
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand Raptors, Falcons - I chapter, Great Portraits Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-02 3:27
Viewed: 5783
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My fifth post in the series of the New Zealand Falcon. For information on this incredible endemic predator, please visit any of my earlier posts listed below. I hope you enjoy my images. Thanks for looking.

NEW ZEALAND FALCON (Karearea) Falco novaeseelandiae
Size: 41-48cm.
Status: Threatened.
Range: Throughout main islands but rare north of the Volcanic Plateau of the central North Island. Some off-shore and outlying islands.
Habitat: Native forests, more particularly in hilly districts.
Food: Birds and small mammals.
Voice: A staccato call “Kek-kek-kek-kek”.
Breeding: October-December. Two to four eggs, reddish brown with chocolate blotches.
General: Females are generally bigger and more richly coloured than the males. Young are darker. Fully protected.

1. Flight of the Falcon
2. Bird of Prey
3. Solitary Predator
4. Working Predator

IMAGE INFORMATION

Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 14:08 a.m.
Date: 23rd April 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/400
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 250mm
ISO: 400

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-02 3:29]

A fine looking raptor and a fine job you have done of it Pam. The composition is veyr strong and the details on the eyes and head are excellent. Very well done.

My type of shot... very very nice portrait of this beautiful bird. Detail and sharpness are great.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-02 3:52]

Waouh ! Beau et intéressant portrait photographique pour ce faucon au regard impressionnant. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Very Well Done !

Hello Pam,

fantastic shot of a wonderfull bird.
Great details, light and BG. It is hard to believe they can turn around their head 180 degrees, but as a hunter in three dimensions this is certanly a big advantage.

Thanks for sharing.

Thomas

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-02 6:20]

This is an EXCELLENT portrait, Pam. Really very, very good. Details are razorsharp, composition is perfect, colors are great, exposure is spot on. Not a single nit. TFS!

Regards,
Pieter

Superb shot Pam! I can't add to the others praise except to say..THANX!

An exceptional portrait of this fine looking raptor, Pam! Excellent details, lighting, color, and pose. Congratulations on a masterful composition. Thank you.

Great shot Pam. Great compo, he has attitude too :) the details on the feathers are great, so are the colours !!

Well done on a great shot
Elize

What a beauty.
This is an excelent pose and composition.
Well done on the details.

Mike

Wonderful photo Pam!
Details,sharpness,DOF and composition are excellent.
Thanks for sharing.

Pam, this is perfect. Frame it and hang it on the wall. :) Excellent, MATERPIECE!

Perfect portrait, tack sharp. BG could be a bit warmer.
Well done.
TFS.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-05-02 15:53]

Beautiful pose and rendering of this handsome falcon, Pam! You sure do a nice job with this raptor.

Fantastic portrait Pam, stunning details...great job.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-02 16:47]

Excellent portrait and fantastic details. Well done.
Regards Toni

Superb portrait Pam, all the feather deatil anyone could ask for. Background looks a bit strange on my screen. Well done.

Amazing detail here Pam, a truly great shot.
What a pose! A magnificent portrait. Well done!

Incredibly sharp picture with just enough DOF despite the wide-open lens. Really amazing details in the feathers, nostrils, and beak. I really like the leaning back composition with lots of space infront of the bird.

STUNNING PICTURE !!!
Amazing close up, GREAT DOF.. and intense composition.

regards
alejandro

Wow. What a beauty! Excellent lighting and composure here. The details are absolutely stunning. Actually, the whole photo is really quite stunning. I can't find anything wrong this at all.

Nyssa

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-06 4:19]

Awesome shot Pam.
I feel I could reach out and touch his feathers.
Beautiful.
Janice

PS Posted nearly 2 years ago and look at the 'old' names. Now sing this song with me:

"Where have all the flowers / members gone?

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the flowers gone?
The girls have picked them ev'ry one.
Oh, when will you ever learn?
Oh, when will you ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the young men gone?
They're all in uniform.
Oh, when will you ever learn?
Oh, when will you ever learn?

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-12 11:33]

Hi Pam,
This portrait is amazing.
The details and colors are really good.
The pose is nice and the composition is a winner.
TFS!

Nice shot of a majestic looking falcon! The sharply focussed lively eyes look beautiful.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-20 1:28]

Hello Pam,
A wonderful portrait of this Falcon. Sharpness, details, pose, colours and composition are excellent. Great BG.
Regards,
Peter

Excellent photo for this magnificient raptor . TFS Pam .

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