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Falco Tinnunculus

Falco Tinnunculus
Photo Information
Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED, Digital RAW, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-22 10:53
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 61
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This calm and collected individual was photographed in Richmond Park. She seemed happy with me taking her pic and it looked like she'd just eaten something because of the blood below her beak.

I've never been this close to a wild bird of prey hence I didn't wait around to get this moment on film!

Kestrel Information

PP: Cropped, sharpened, gaussian blur, framed, resized.


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Hello Simon.

Excellent image, very good detaila and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-22 11:06]

Hello Simon,
Brilliant very close shot of the Kestrel in a nice pose. Super sharp and very nice colours. Looks good against the plain background. Lucky you!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-22 11:09]

Hi Simon,

Beautiful closeup of this bird! He is looking right at you. The colors and every detail are outstanding.


bonjour simon
ah alors là je suis jaloux,pour moi pas moyen d'approcher ces oiseaux!!
cette photo est fabuleuse.bravo.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-22 11:20]
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Hello Simon,
This is a first class capture of a female Kestrel. Being Richmond Park, it must be used to people, but what an excellent opportunity and well taken! This is sharp, well composed and with fine BG, the only negative being the fence, but that is a part of urban nature!
Well done and TFS!
Regards, Ivan

Hi Simon,
Can't miss this picture!
You did it great, using this excellent an close POV.
Details got on the plumage are so enjoyable, their vivid colors and patterns looks great.
The illumination was excellent, you shoted at the right time.
I like so much the soft and colorful backgound got.
This was a nice surprise from you!.
Congratulations and thanks for share it with us.
My best regards,

Hello Simon,
This is a beautiful capture, very well detailed and composed. It must have been pretty impressive to be that close to this bird. I love raptors and I wish I had such a beautiful one in my gallery. Well done and thanks,

Hallo Simon,
this is a great picture of a beautiful bird.
The plumage is looking great in pattern and colours.
Well composed, good POV and a perfect DOF,
Sharpness and exposure are spot on.
Great work.

Taking advantage of a great opportunity. Nice picture.

Perfect Composition. Brilliant colors. Nice bird.

Nice shot, well composed and sharp.

hi simon!
what a great picture
really sharp and fine pov and dof
well done!

Very good details and very good posing kestrel.
I think that the frame is little bit crouded.
You need to becareful with noise reduction, it can eliminate essential details.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-22 13:09]

Hi Simon,
Very nice image full of details, Love the background.
Badruddin Ali

Hi Simon, and thanks for your's coments,
Your Kestrel is super,excellent sharpnes and colours,perfect BG.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-22 14:21]

salut Simon,
encore une image exceptionnelle, le niveau est vraiment haut :)
Couleur et netteté impeccables. Je pense que le BG à fait l'objet d'un pp :)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-02-22 14:37]

Hello Simon,

Very lovely pose of these wonderful bird, the fright of the other birds!
Excellent image, very good detailed and lovely colours.


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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2007-02-22 14:47]

fantastic shot !
excellent details and shrapnes
TFS Libor

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-02-22 14:59]

Hi Simon.
Took one last summer in the wild looking at this i still have a lot to learn.
your picture is very sharp and great colour his eye is so clear.
well done .

Regards Nick.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-22 15:45]

Otro excelente disparo Simon con gran claridad y definición en los detalles del ave, realzados por el gran despegue obtenido sobre el difuso trasfondo.
La iluminación es muy apropiada conformando una bella composición.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Another excellent shot Simon with great sharpness and clearness in the details of the bird, enhanced by the great takeoff obtained on the diffuse background.
The illumination is very appropriate conforming a beautiful composition.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Hello Simon a sharp shot with good pose and POV I just see the background as heavily post processed the blur has seeped through in places and gives a diffused glow effect along what is sharp. The backround lacks dynamic range you would normally get with a lens bokeh but looks gaussian photoshop blurred. the oversharpening has caused a bright hallo along the vertical railing that distracts it maybe where you have missed with the brushing in of the background. rgds Necip

beautiful!!! Amazing close up shot of a beautiful bird, great sharp focus and color saturation. Great DOF. TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-22 18:32]

Hello Simon,
Great use of your opportunity, this is a wonderful capture.
The details and colors that you captured are excellent.

Hello Simon!
Very nice picture of Falco tinnunculus. I really like this bird family. Really this species can be see through my window at the University during the vegetation season (some species live on the tower of cherch which is near my University).
Very good DOF and nice POV. I like also saturated colours :)
Best greetings,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-22 21:13]

SUPERBE capture.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-23 2:05]

A stunning portrait of this kestrel, Simon.
The sharp bright eye really draws one's attention.
A POV is perfect for a full body portrait.
The subject is well isolated from the clean BG.
The details are very fine in both sharpness and colors.
TFS. : )

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-02-23 4:20]

Tack sharp and very nice OOF BG. Lovely composition too. Wish this was mine. :)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-23 5:24]

Hello Simon,
Impressive shot!
Colors,sharpness and details are great! TFS

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-23 10:14]

Voilà un oiseau qui a trouvé le bon profil pour la pose
Bonne journée.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-02-24 10:12]

Hi Simon

Superb shot of the Kestral, nicely composed shot with a great pose and POV, excellent sharpness and feather detail, nice natiral colours with a really nice gaussian blurred BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

Bravo Simon
C'est enu superbe photo, j'aime beaucoup la couleur des plumes. Belle nettete.
Salutations et au revoir....JP

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-03-01 20:34]
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Hi Simon

You did an excellent job to capture this raptor in all its fine beauty and grace. I just love the fabulous details you got on the plumage while the colours are also well defined. The exposure was spot-on and even with a little catchlight in that big black eye. The BG looks great, but there do seem to be some evidence along the edges of the bird and the perch that you've done some heavy blurring in this area. Anyway, the overall result was a kestrel that stands out well against the BG. The composition is splendid with sufficient space in front of the bird to give the shot an overall well balanced look.

Well done and TFS.

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