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Sparrow Hawk

Sparrow Hawk
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Bagnall (Heyshamite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 396] (2193)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Sigma 300-800mm zoom, super telephoto
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-18 4:00
Viewed: 7022
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This beautiful little Sparrow Hawk is a regular visitor to my garden much to the displeasure of the small birds. He was just about to take-off as I photographed him through the double glazing. It makes a change from seeing a bird just sitting resting although I have a number of nice shots of him doing just that. The family of three came one day but a Magpie scared them off. Camera on tripod and remote shutter cord used. Big lens.

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To Bratman: Sparrow HawkHeyshamite 1 08-05 15:50
To vanderschelden: Sparrow HawkHeyshamite 1 02-18 10:57
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An absolutely cracking shot.

Clarity is superb and compostion is good. Focus is pin sharp.


Hello Peter I wish I had such birds in my garden but I expect the sparrows wouldnt be so happy. Its an interesting pose captured with fine feather detail I like the fierce expression like he is going after a sparrow. Nice sharpness well composed. Rgds Necip.

Hello Peter. good sharpnes and well composed. colors are very well.

Good shot.
Your windows must be really clean:-)
I like the pose very much.
Great visitor...

Hi Peter,
Simply beautifully captured photo with fantastic color,detail and composition.

G'day Peter
What can I say!!! And to think you did'nt even have to go outside.
As said by Gary the clarity is superb and compostion is good. Focus is pin sharp.
TFS Paul

Hi Peter
Excellent action shot of this beautiful raptor. Details, pose and colours can't be better. Nice camera and lens too :)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-18 6:50]

This is cool take off pose..very nice timeing&composition.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-18 7:02]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful capture of this Sparrow Hawk. Details, sharpness, colours, dov, pof, pose and composition are spot on.
TFS, José M.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-02-18 7:30]
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What an excellent photo! You captured the Sparrow Hawk at a great moment. Beautiful colour depth and sharpness. Composition perfect.


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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-18 7:32]

Hi Peter,
This guy seems to be really showing off his plumage.Great timming, crisp & perfect exposure.
Badruddin Ali

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-18 7:35]

Hello Peter,
Magnificent capture, it has fantastic colors, razor sharp details and an outstanding composition. Thanks for your talents and this posting.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-18 10:03]

Bonjour Peter
Extra cette prise, très belle composition, couleurs et netteté. Tu sais profiter de ton super équipement, le 300-800 doit être le top pour ce genre de prise. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-02-18 10:16]

Hi Peter,

You caught this one well. You sure have a great, big lens. My compliments for this great photo through glass.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-18 11:20]

Hi Peter,

Wow! Just a wonderful capture of the Hawk. I love his face and all the wing details.



Hi Peter,
Superb shot!
Excellent composition and pose, very good detals and colors!
Well done!!

Amazing shot, Peter.
I like this shot a lot. Good pose and composition.

Very good shot of a sparrow hawk cannot fault it great Work

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-20 21:04]

Excellente photo,la pose de l'oiseau est particulière et les détails sont parfaits.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-22 6:30]

Hi Peter,
The pose is very well caught. The eye looks great. Very good timing, composition, focus, sharpness and lighting. Bravo and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-29 5:12]

Hello Peter,
Great action of this Sparrow Hawk. The light is impressive. Colours are beautiful against the dark BG. Very sharp. Composition and POV are very good.

Excellent shot Peter...and you took it in comfort? Sometimes it's just not fair, I can imagine you sat in your comfy chair, pint in one hand, remote in the other...lucky s*d. It's a really great dynamic image with good colour and detail and a pose to die for...it's not fair ; )Best, Brat.

nice very nice

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