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Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 100 - 400 L USM IS, Digital RAW ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 3:11
Viewed: 3603
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kestrel in the New Forest taken at a Photo Day with Liberty's Raptor Centre near Ringwood.

Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, one of UK's more abundant birds of prey, are often seen hovering above fields searching for prey such as voles and mice, although they are known to catch insects and, more rarely, other birds. This one is a male bird, the female bird being slightly larger then the male and lacking the blue/grey head and tail colouring.

Taken at ISO 100 for max quality, 1/200th sec at F5.6 aperture, this is full frame, with the captive bird posed on a fallen tree in a clearing with the sun shine on him.

coasties, PaulH, ellis49, kokos101, vanderschelden, lee, mlines, PDP has marked this note useful
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Hi Miles,
This is really an excellent portrait shot of this beautiful raptor, it shows off the natural colors in the plumage remarkably well. :)

Hi Miles,
Beautiful colors, great sharpness, very neat image.
Superb shot.


really good picture
aleks ;)

Hey Miles,
Great shot of this lovely bird. Nice DOF and POV.
Well done,
Nick :-)

Hi Miles,
Great portrait. I love the eye contact and the crisp details. Nice natural colors and good composition.
A bit tight the crop?

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-17 4:15]

Hello Miles,
Excellent shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done!

Hi Miles

A beautiful shot with a great tight crop. Nice eye contact and lovely plumage details and colour. :-)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-04-17 4:24]

Hi Miles,

ah, so this is the one i didn't get to see! A beautiful shot with excellent composition! Many, many thanks by the way for the method you use for uploading and RAW conversion that you sent to me. Very very handy and very kind of you.

All the best,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-17 4:48]

Hi Miles, what a super portrat of the Kestrel. Good colours and sharpness, the feathers stand out so well. And good eye-contact too. BRAVO!

Hi Miles,
this is a beautiful bird and you have captured very nice.
The colours and pattern on the plumage are beautiful.
Good details, nice POV and DOF.
Maybe a little more space infront of the Kestrel.
Well done.

hello miles!
wonderful shot of this beautiful bird, great sharpness and compo.

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-17 22:34]

Hi Miles, an image well caught. A great pose and nice perch. Good focus and nice detail. Real nice colors on the bird. Good job, thanks.


Hi Miles. Beautifully clear photo of this bird of prey. Excellent clarity and colours. TFS. Murray.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-19 14:42]

Hi Miles

Gorgeous shot, lovely sharp details, great light and a lovely composition.



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-20 3:13]

Amazing sharpness on this kestrel, Miles.
The colors are just stunning.
You caught this beauty in just the right pose and in perfect light.
Wonderful work, my friend.
TFS. : )

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-05-13 10:58]

Hello Miles, lovely shot. It's all good as usual!

Hope you are well.


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