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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-22 12:27
Viewed: 3608
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I found this beautiful bird, at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey. He was a rescue bird, and therefore was being well looked after by the dedicated staff there. Normally i don't like to take photographs of animals in captivity, let alone go to see them for enjoyment.
But, i would never get an opportunity get a shot like this of a Peregrine Falcon in the wild, and i know this place does some wonderful work in educating people about our wildlife, and also looking after it too, in a very good environment. I don't mind paying for this pleasure. He put on an amazing flying display, but was waaaay too quick for me! Here he is, panting in the summer heat, sat on his handlers hand...what a handsome chap he is.

Thanks for looking...

From the RSPB website:

Latin name: Falco peregrinus

Falcons and allies (Falconidae)

The peregrine is a large and powerful falcon. It has long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail. It is blue-grey above, with a blackish top of the head and an obvious black 'moustache' that contrasts with its white face. Its breast is finely spotted. It is swift and agile in flight, chasing prey. The strongholds of the breeding birds in the UK are the uplands of the north and west and rocky seacoasts. Peregrines have suffered illegal killing from gamekeepers and landowners, and been a target for egg collectors, but better legal protection and control of pesticides (which indirectly poisoned birds) have helped the population to recover considerably from a low in the 1960s. Some birds, particularly females and juveniles, move away from the uplands in autumn.

Where to see them:

Found along rocky seacliffs and the uplands of the UK are both good places in the breeding season. East coast marshes where there are large gatherings of birds can be a good place in the winter. There are Date with nature events across the UK where you can watch the birds during the breeding season.

When to see them:
All year round

What they eat:
Medium-sized birds, such as wading birds, pigeons and small ducks.

Paul Haynes Photography

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-22 12:58]

Hello Paul,
A beautiful close-up of this lovely bird of prey showing great details and colours. We had a pair of them nesting at the Water tower here in Kristianstad this year! They're so beautiful but not easy to get a close-up like this one! Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Well, as the saying goes Paul, sometimes captivity comes better than the life in the wild, a case in point, your present wonderful capture. As you admit, it is almost impossible to get such a snapshot in the wild, the amount of detail is enormous here, the illumination magical, and I can clearly see you in that huge eye! A real pleasure sharing this fine image my friend.

Ciao Paul.
Bellissino prino piano di questo Falco Pellegrino ,colori stupendi ottima la nitidezza bello, bello, bravo.
Ciao Marco.

Hola Paul

Bueno que te puedo decir de esta imagen, además que es fantastica. Has conseguido una imagen no facil de esta ave con unos colores magnificos, una nitidez brutal, con unos detalles asombrosos, mejor que los documentales. Gracias por compartir esta bella imagen...

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-23 2:22]

Hello Paul,
such an exciting view to see. The portrait is well seen in good details and features of a falcon. The excitement of the bird expression is also well presented.
Good light on its head gives a special and dramatic effect.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-23 6:34]

Hello Paul,
Although it is a littlebit noisy, this is a fascinating photo. A portrait of one of my favorite birds of prey. Very beautiful light and colours, also in the blurred BG. Good choice of composition and DOF.

Hi Paul.
Excellent mugshot with so much details around the head. The sharpness is pristine and beautiful focus and nice controlled of DoF in the frame.
Thanks for sharing and kind regards,

Ciao Paul, fantastic portrait of superb creature, fine details, perfect focus and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-23 21:37]

Hi Paul.
I welcome your decision to take picture of this amazing bird. You managed to create a wonderful portrait of the charming falcon. #D-effect is simply fantastic as well as terrific details of the head lovely blurriness of the BG (DOF is the best for this kind of photos). Ina word, Bravo and many thanks for nice job.

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