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Red Headed Merlin

Red Headed Merlin
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/8
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, Falcons - III chapter, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-22 10:57
Viewed: 5475
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-necked Falcon is found in semi-desert, savannah and other dry open country with some trees, but also riverine forest. It often perches hidden in the crown of a Borassus palm (Borassus aethiopium), and chases birds, bats and large insects with a fast dashing flight. It is most active at dawn and dusk, hunting below the tree canopy. It often hunts in pairs, sometimes utilizing a technique in which one of the pair flies low and flushes up small birds while the other follows higher up and seizes the prey as it rises from cover.

This is also called as Red necked Falcon. rarely it sits on the ground. I am seeing this for the first time around bangalore city. fortunately the clouds opened up when i shot this on a cloudy day.!!

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Perfect, Satish.
Almost talking like an engineer...'perfect'. Beautiful and technically well done! That's better!
Forgot congrats...:-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-22 11:08]

Hello Satish,
What a fantastic photo in excellent sharpness and colours. Great low POV and composition. Good OOF BG.

Hello Satish,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-22 11:39]

Hi Satish. This is a first class picture of a beautiful bird. Which you have taken so well with sharp focusing and fine detail in the feathers . The bird looks so bold standing looking at you. very well done TFS.

Hello Satish, nice to meet you! This is a wonderful shot of Red-headed Merlin on the ground, quite rare. I have kept it as a pet in the not too distant past and it is an excellent predator and a faithful bird, used to roam free with us...thanks for sharing....warmest regards/Abid

Hi Satish,
Excellent capture of Red-necked Falcon with good pose and composition. You have managed to get very sharp details and bright natural colours.

nice portrait, TFS Ori

Hi Satish.

Great shot.Lighting,colours and composition are excellent.

Hi Satish,

PERFECT capture
Excellent POF, DOV, colors and light
SUPERB sharp details

TFS this Beauty

Hi Satish,

I can imagine the excitement of sighting this beauty, and capturing so well is amazing. Excellent Job friend.[I missed it :(].Its picture perfect.TFS

nice pic of the falcon!!
good sharpness all around and the catch light in the eye is super.
i like the pov!

Hi Satish
Great shot of this beautiful raptor
The background is a little strange on my monitor. I've run it through NeatImage and reduced the noise a bit I think, hope you don't mind.
The falcon itself is great, very proud and sharp with excellent plumage details. Good composition too.


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