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New Zealand Falcon Chick

New Zealand Falcon Chick
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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: 2006-11-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 6 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-06 3:34
Viewed: 5600
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I grow up I will look like this.

Karearea, the New Zealand falcon

With eyesight said to be six times more powerful than humans, flying at speeds up to 230 kmh and uttering a short terrifying scream, the falcon will fall upon some hapless bird in mid flight. The manoeuvre is called a stoop, a trademark of the attacking falcon. From there the falcon will take its victim to some killing place to deliver the final stroke, the dislocation of the bird’s neck. The severing is done with the aid of a specially notched tooth common to all falcons. Finches are fair game, and so are starlings, blackbirds, thrushes and skylarks.

The falcon will then rest for a moment, gripping its kill with one foot, standing with her wings spread over the kill, an action called mantling. The falcon will pluck the feathers and then eat the entire bird, later ridding itself of the castings. It will then rub its beak to clean it, a process called feaking. A body shake, a rouse, follows — because of the art of falconry, they have been given a language all of their own to describe their activities.

Through the winter pairs of falcon live apart but stay more or less within a known territory. Come spring, no rivals will be tolerated within the territory while the ground within a few hundred metres radius of the nest will be defended if necessary to the death. No wilder creature exists than a falcon in its home range at nesting time.

The nest may be a simple scrape on a sheltered cliff ledge or high in a tree in a clump of Astelia. The female does most of the brooding while the male hunts for her. She also feeds the chicks until they are about two weeks of age and then she joins in hunting.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 10:27 a.m.
Date: 11th November 2006
Weather conditions: Inside
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/6.3
Focal Length: 320mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Original file type: Digital Raw

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LOL.. don't they look scruffy at this young age... nothing like the neat streamlined adults. Good detail and expression.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-06 3:45]

Oh how adorable, Pam.
Where did you find him?
He is just beautiful.
I love the fluffy feathers and that look! Irresistible!
Wonderful sharpness and light and POV.
TFS this little treasure. : )

Hola Pam,
Buen trabajo de gran calidad, la nitidez, luz, pose, textura y fondo son excelentes, enhorabuena. Un cordial saludo

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-06 4:24]

Hi Pam,

A great capture,almost cut,well exposed and a nice POV,well done and TFS


Hi Pam, once again and outstanding shot. Great detail and lighting and DOF.
Well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-06 7:50]

Hi Pam,
Beautiful closeup of this speedster to be. Great details and colors and thanks for the great note too.

Good work, Pam. Excuse me ...excellent work.
You decorated him or her very well. An Easter exercise...
Just wonderful. Technically well done as well.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-06 10:58]

Hi Pam,

Fantastic portrait! What an adorable face and those eyes are something. Wonderful colors and details. I love his expression.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-06 11:03]

Hi Pam.
Once more outstanding of quality portrait. Amazing model. It did know what it did.
Perfect pose, glance of this nice bird. Reproduction of all details and beauty of it are excellent too. BRAVO. Super,

Hello Pam
Excellent shot of this Falcon Chick
from New Zealand,Perfect sharpness and
colors ,Great POV, Welldone.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-06 12:15]

Hola Pam.- Hermosa foto de este polluelo de Halcon. Muy fina postal con exekentes detalles y nitidez. Luis52.


The Falcon chick looks beautiful.

Murali Santhanam

Hi Pam,

Funny portrait!
Excellent framing, focus, detail, DOF, exposure, colour...

bonjour Pam,

waaaahoooo très beau portraitt de ce jeune oiseau belle couleur beau détail bravo


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-06 14:47]

Hello Pam,
Magnificent portrait of this falcon chick.I'd never seen like this before:)Clear details,sharpness,eye contact and composition are excellent.

ohhhh what a cute shot!!! great close up of this little guy! TFS

Hi Pam,
How can this little one be so ugly, yet so cute at the same time. Great colors and sharp detail. Flawless comp. and framing. A well controled DOF has a pleasing falloff in the DOF to the perfect OOF backround. Well done my friend!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-07 2:23]

Hello Pam,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Sharpness,details and colors are excellent.
Very well done .TFS..

hello pam!
lovely bird!
sharp with good pov and
fine composition!
good shot!

Oh dear... this guy needs a comb.. or a brush.. or a gigantic fork of some sort!

But it gives this picture so much character. Good details!


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-07 5:41]

This is such a charming capture! this little one is keeping those powerful eyes on you!
FAbulous crisp details and good dof.
Superb composition and just the right amount of framing

Lol Pam,
What a fluffy and cute little one. Details are amazing and I love this POV, composition, exposure and great eye contact. He'll be a beautiful and majestic bird. This is really well done! Thanks,

Hi Pam,
This is a so wonderful portrait!
I like so much the expression got on the face of this new born falcon.
It's really good.
Great POV and eye contact.
It's amazing how the appearance can change so much, from this fragile image to the one when in adult age.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards

Belle photo, cet oisillon est très bien pris,les détails sont nets et superbes. Amicalement Thomas

Wow such a close shot and the details are awsome, good POV and nice composition/crop. The light was good with fine catchlights tfs rgds Necip.

wow!.. Excellent shot Pam. Good combination of frame and object. very well done. Greta atmosphere. tfs. Stev

Boy is he an ugly 'duckling'...and one scruffy kid.

Great shot with excellent DOF and sharpness!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-08 15:11]

Hi Pam

You will! I'm sure you'll grow up and you'll be very strong and very beautiful...and very photographed :))

What an amazing and original capture!
The details and different colors in its plumage are terrific and the look on its face is just priceless!
The pose is fantastic and the POV from where you took this shot is excellent.
Exceptional colors and light managements and superb DOF - blurring the BG nicely.
Very well framed and composed, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Pam. A superb close up of this young falcon. Good idea to link to the elegant bird it wil grow into. Good clarity, colour and notes. TFS. Murray.

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