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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-01-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D610, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-01-29 19:36
Viewed: 1209
Points: 1
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This raptor was displayed at a local school by the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, which rescues birds that have been injured and for the most part releases them back into the wild after they have recovered. A few, like this one, are kept as educational birds, shown in schools and other organizations to educate the public about the need of carrying for raptors and other birds.

I believe it is Peregrine Falcon which has has a come-back after the ban on DDT use. It can dive at speed up to 300 km/h, attacking birds as large as mallards (Field guide to birds of North America - Edward S. Brinkley)

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To tuslaw: Portrait coming soonAlan_Kolnik 1 01-31 05:13
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-01-30 15:51]
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Hello Alan,
The Peregrine Falcon is a beautiful predator with it's blue-gray plumage and barred underparts. Its dark head with thick sideburns gives its facial features a rather unique appearance. You have photographed this particular bird nicely showing very good detail.
I would however have been more impressed if you would have composed the shot without showing its handler in the frame. Perhaps a close up of its face and shoulders with a cleaner BG. The pictures and letters in this BG are a bit distracting and definitely not natural.
I fully understand this was a program at the school to help the students better understand and appreciate these attractive and rarely seen birds of prey. You were definitely limited in your choice of POV. This is just my personal opinion, you did a fine job with what you had to work with. TFS.

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