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(Falco peregrinus)


(Falco peregrinus)
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Copyright: Jose Diogo (josediogo1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 27 N: 1837] (11747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon 1 dx mark 2, Canon 500mm f4 L IS, Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
Exposure: f/7.1
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-28 13:29
Viewed: 1524
Points: 12
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Falcão-peregrino,Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

About birds in flight today I present an effort to capture the fastest animal in the world...

"The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the Peregrine,and historically as the Duck Hawk in North America,is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head and "moustache". As is typical of bird-eating raptors, Peregrine Falcons are sexually dimorphic, females being considerably larger than males.The Peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 322 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop (high speed dive),making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom.According to a National Geographic TV programme, the highest measured speed of a Peregrine Falcon is 389 km/h (242 mph).The Peregrine's breeding range includes land regions from the Arctic tundra to the tropics. It can be found nearly everywhere on Earth, except extreme polar regions, very high mountains, and most tropical rainforests; the only major ice-free landmass from which it is entirely absent is New Zealand. This makes it the world's most widespread raptor and one of the most widely found bird species. In fact, the only land-based bird species found over a larger geographic area is not always naturally occurring but one widely introduced by humans, the Rock Pigeon, which in turn now supports many Peregrine populations as a prey species. Both the English and scientific names of this species mean "wandering falcon", referring to the migratory habits of many northern populations. Experts recognize 17 to 19 subspecies which vary in appearance and range; there is disagreement over whether the distinctive Barbary Falcon is represented by two subspecies of Falco peregrinus, or is a separate species, F. pelegrinoides.
While its diet consists almost exclusively of medium-sized birds, the Peregrine will occasionally hunt small mammals, small reptiles, or even insects. Reaching sexual maturity at one year, it mates for life and nests in a scrape, normally on cliff edges or, in recent times, on tall human-made structures.The Peregrine Falcon became an endangered species in many areas because of the widespread use of certain pesticides, especially DDT. Since the ban on DDT from the early 1970s, populations have recovered, supported by large-scale protection of nesting places and releases to the wild."(Wiki)

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Exposure Time: 1/3158
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 700/1 mm

Have a good week and thanks for looking...

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Ciao Jose, great capture of fantastic in-flight rapax, perfect focus, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose,
interesting bird in flight. I like your composition. Perfect point of view.
Have a nice day,
Maciek

amazing flight capture, amazing claws, TFS Ori

Hello Mr.Jose,
Like this beautiful flying Falcon.Well captured.I like its eye contact with you too.Well sharpness with nice placement.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Srikumar

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-29 7:53]

Bom dia José,
Unbelievable that you managed this fast bird so sharp in flight. And just on the right moment, with eye contact. Fantastic details. Beautiful colours and perfect composition.
Regards,
Peter

Hello Jose,
Brilliant capture of a very interesting specie of bird. Excellent colors, good details and sharpness. A splendid contrast against the sky.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius

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