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Kestrel *My birthday!* :-)

Kestrel *My birthday!* :-)
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-11 1:38
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Favorites: 4 [view]
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Yaayy! It's my birthday! :-))
My family got together and bought me a Canon 430EX Speedlite flashgun as well as some other cool things :-D I've been wanting a flash for ages so I couldn't have had a better present!
I'm going to have a mouth-watering dominoes pizza and a good action film tonight, I think :-)

This is a Kestrel from Saturaday's Photoday with Miles Herbert and a few other people including Adrian (aido)!

I hope you like it! :-D

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To bobair: Cheers!joey 1 12-14 04:09
To sharpeyes: Cheersjoey 1 09-16 00:46
To marmottelolo: Thankyoujoey 1 06-19 08:32
To smitha: Thankyou!joey 1 06-16 06:25
To Necipp: Thanks!joey 1 06-16 06:25
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To hester: Thankyou!joey 1 06-16 06:23
To gracious: Thanks Tony!joey 1 06-16 06:23
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To Alex99: Thanks!joey 1 06-13 09:04
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Hi Joe,

Have a very happy birthday! This brilliant close-up of Kestrel is excellent to celebrate with. Very good composition, lighting and colours. Details are pin-sharp and I am sure don't miss anything. Excellent work!


Best wishes


Hello Joe,

Wonderful portrait of this kestrel. The detais is fantastic. Excellent light and colours. Very good composition with and very good framing and a beautiful pose of the bird.
Happy birthday!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-11 1:45]
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Hi Joe,

As todays neighbour first congratulations with your birthday and I suppose your todays presents will be in good hands and will help you with your hobby,this is a very nice portrait,well cropped,the colors and details are superb,very well done,

enjoy the day and your movie tonight,


Hola Joe, excelente primer plano, buen detalle, definición excelente, buena luz y agradables tonos de color. Un saludo

Fantastic shot!
I love it!!!

Happy birthday - Buon Compleanno ;-)

Hello birthday boy,
many many happy returns of the day.
An excellent shot!superb composition and pov,wonderful work.

Hi Joe

I wish you all the best for your birthday and congratulate fyour family for the present that will be very useful to you.

Now you offer us a present in the form of that magnificient Kestrel shown in delightful colours and great sharpness.

Kind regards


Hello Joe, Happy Birtday! :) wonderful capture of this kestrel too. TFS. Regards,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-11 2:12]
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Hi Joe,
Many Many Happy Returns of the Day...looks like you are having a great time...

And this post on your B-day is a superb portrait, with fantastic details,....I love the colour palette here and the attitude this pose exudes...the yellow rimmed eye quite steals the show...Quite a nice PoV ....very well done ..Thanks for sharing this...

Enjoy your day:)...God Bless You!
Warm regards

Hi Joe
Awesome shot with great detail. The composition is strong and the pose of the bird adds to it's character. BTW, Happy Birthday (you share your birthday with me! :)) )
Looking through your gallery you have some amazing images, I'll be following your postings with interest.

Heyy! Joe my dear friend!
Happy birthday! I wish you all the best in this your special day! and everything going on well. Your capture is excellent in all aspects my friend.
Thanks and hapy birthday once more OwLman:)!
Great day for you!



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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-11 2:27]
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Happy birthday Joe,
This very nice shot.Well caught and composed.Details,BG and framing are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-06-11 2:46]
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Happy B-Day JK!

Excellent portrait and great composition.


HI Joey
Happy Birthday and what a stunning image to post to TN today. Awesome colour, detail and such a beautiful portrait. Well done, TFS and enjoy your pizza and presents.

Hi Joe,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear friend. A beautiful portrait of this kestrel. Enjoy your day. My best wishes with you always. Very good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-11 3:30]
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Hello Joey God bless you and wish you a great day. The shot is just superb and look at the eye. Just beautiful. Ganesh

Hola JOe,
interesante retrato y detalles,
buen pov y agradable foco y color.
hermosa escena,

Hi Joe

Many happy returns of the day. An excellent posting to celebrate. Pretty perfect in my opinion.


Will email you later.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-11 4:22]
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Hello Joe and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I hope you have an enjoyable day and this is a brilliant portrait to celebrate with! I love this bird and here you're showing fantastic details! Excellent POV and lovely colours.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

What a great portrait.
Incredible detail and perfect exposure.
The pose is great and theres a good catchlight in the eye.
Fantastic work Joe!
Very well done.
Hope you had a good birthday :)

Hello Joe, happy birthday! Splendido ritratto di rapace, molto bella la composizione con il profilo del becco e l'occhio con il riflesso, ottime nitidezza e definizione del piumaggio, molto belli i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-11 6:12]
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Happy Birthday Joe :-) , wow what a great photo you have here , a super portrait with great detail color and composition.TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-11 6:26]
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Hi Joe,
very Happy Birthday to you old man ;o) Present sounds pretty cool, look forward to the results! An excellent shot you have here, superb detail, colours and lighting - very well done.

Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday friend Joey.
Happy birthday to you.

Sound teh brass...bring on the choirs
and serve the lemonade
So said. So Mote it Be!

Hello Joe,
Congratulations with your 16th(?) birthday. And you are celebrating this with a new flashgun and an wonderful photo. One of the best Kestrel portraits I've ever seen! Sharpness, details, colours, BG, pose, composition... etc are all excellent.
Have a nice day and enjoy your pizza,

Hi Joe,

From one June baby to another a very Happy Birthday. Your parents are lucky - no guesswork in buying you a present. Use it well - I know you will. What a great Kestrel to celebrate the day with. A beautiful close-up portrait. The eye is a knock-out. Beautiful colors, fantastic details of the face and feathers. I love the stray ones on his beak. Enjoy your pizza - didn't know Domino made it across the pond.


wow, this is a wonderfully focused and detailed closeup, that is some lens you have, I can make out some very minute (Spelling?) detail on this bird

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-11 9:28]
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Hi Joey
Nice portrait.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Lovely detail and colors.I like that catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-11 11:14]
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Hi Joe

Happy 15th Birthday and isn't it nice when you get prezzies that you really want!.

Lovely portrait shot of the Kestrel.
Nicely composed with a excellent POV and a fine pose.
The feather detail is superb and the light in the eye is lovely.
Great colours too.

Have a great Day, and enjoy your pizza!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-11 11:20]
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Well a very happy birthday to you my young friend, and what a fine present from the family . I know it will get used to to its best. Once again a fine capture of the Kestrel.Well done and have a great eve.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-06-11 11:20]
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Happy birthday Joe :)
Excellent light and colours. Very good composition with and very good framing and a beautiful pose of the bird.
Excellent portrait and great sharpness, details. Congratulation.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-11 11:30]
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Many Happy Returns of the Day, Joe!
You are entering an exciting time in your life.
This is a superb close-up of a male Kestrel with excellent sharpness. It would be nearly impossible to have such sharpness and detail from a wild bird but it is a good sharp capture to mark your birthday and the use of your new equipment.
All the best,

Hello Joe,
Congrats on your birthday!
Very good lighting and excellent close up....

Happy Birthday Joe... Nice eye detail in this, including an 80cm reflector!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-11 13:29]
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salut joe,
happy birthday my friend, a very nice present.
nice shot with fine details, natural colors and great light.


Happy Birthday young man!
Excellent portrait work, it does not get much better than this.

Impresiona la nitidez y buena luz de esta fotografía que permiten observar detalles y texturas con total nitides. Preciosa.
Saludos Joe: Josep Ignasi Tejedor

Happy Birthday Joe
Fantastic portrait with amazing clarity and detail
tfs jon

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-11 21:33]
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Hello Joe

Happy Birthday!
What a wonderful posting to celebrate.
A super portrait.
The focus is spot on with excellent detail.
Lovely catch light in the eye.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-11 23:16]
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Hi Joe,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY and what an outstanding shot to celebrate it with. Immaculate sharpness and lovely colours on its plumage and a special catch-light on its eyes. It looks simply majestic. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-12 1:12]
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Hi Joe

Enjoy the pizza, and the movie, and best of all enjoy the birthday. I am sure you will put that 430EX to good use.

Example, like you used the fill-in flash in this shot. Amazing results. That eye is fabulous and so are all the other razor sharp details.

Great work and TFS.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-12 6:21]
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Happy birthday to you dear Joey. Tip of my hat to this picture, simply fantastic.May this year reveal even more your heart, talent and skills. I know you will. Bye bye!


pts tomorrow

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-12 7:41]
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Ouh...s#it...i'm a day late...SORRY!

Happy birthday, my friend and many happy returns!
Congratulations also for your wonderful present and i trust you will use it well...it's very nice having one, trust me :)

This portrait is a honoring photo for the occasion...it's simply stunning!
I like the way you managed to get so nice and close to this amazing bird and got all those impressive details from the feathers, beak and especially that awesome eye!
The colors are gorgeous thanks to a spot-on exposure and flash work. The DOF is also excellent and the tight composition brings more drama to the feeling of the shot.
Very very well done!

BRAVO, TFS and, again, a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Dear Joe,
Happy birthday :o)
Very nice portrait of this kestrel.
Best wishes

Bon bec, bon oeil bien coloré.
Bonne journée.

Hi Joe, happy birthday to you and thanks for this splendid portrait, perfect focus, fantastic details ad excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe.
My hearty congratulations on your birthday, amazing gift and so great shot. Both last are brilliant however shot you have produced without assistance :). Superb close-up portrait with terrific attractive details, fine colours, lovely BG and outstanding framing and composition. Bravo and warm wishes.

Hello Joe
sorry for my delay, I was in field again and I came back newly.
june is nice time and my birthday also in this month:) happy birthday to you my friend. I wish you a happy, long and healthy life. This is perfect portraite shot and wonderful selection to celebrate. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi young friend,
sorry I'm a bit late. :-(
Congrats on your birthday and you celebrate with a very fine picture of beautiful bird.
The colours and sharpness are very good and you used the fill-in very nice too.
Well done.

Hello Joe,
Sorry for the delay to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
and you are sharing a wonderful superb image of Kestrel for your birthday, many thanks for that and wishing you well and many more to come, Joe!
take good care and my best regards

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-13 12:13]
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Hi Joe

I'm a bit late but "happy birthday". I hope you had a wonderful time and congrats on the flash

Wonderful shot. The photodays give you some great opportunities for shots. This is stunning: sharp, detailed, well composed and with perfect DOF.



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-13 18:24]
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Hola Joe.
Well Happy birthday My friend, You see I have very busy in the ranch were I work, there is not to many rain yet, so we have to move our cattle to some other place and it takes some time, and it is fsr away from Internet You know.
here another excellent Photo Joe. It is just beautiful and is going to my favorites.

Belated Happy birthday Joe.WOW! you got your much coveted flash.:)
What a striking picture to announce your birthday.Excellent portrait.Amazing sharpness and feather details.
Beautiful colours.

bonjour joe
pour reussir un tel portrait j'imagine que le sujet est captif mais cela n'enleve rien a la beauté de cette photo.

Hello Joe, what a fantastic macro, beautiful detail, looks like you had a great day out. From the reflections in the eye, you could even see so much detail. Focus is top quality. Well done, you've got some great photos recently. Sorry p.t. rgds, Necip

Tack sharp, nice eye reflection and good feather detail. Well Done! A Belated Happy Birthday to you Joey. I look forward to viewing much more of your photography.
Cheers, Will

Hi Joe,
this is a very fine looking portrait of this small falcon with much going for it in the way of details.I like best of all how the eye has come out in this close in capture,so very clear and alive.Raptors are my most favorite of the larger birds there are and chickadees are my favorite little birds.This photo is a gem none the less and even though well received I think it is a little flat in some regards as it appears a little to lightly coloured or under exposed if you will.I would rather be truthful with you than curry favor for points in return as that is not why I joined TN.I have done a workshop to illustrate just what I mean and I hope you like my effort.Joe you sure have an excellent regard for the wild things of our world and you have miles to go before you sleep,so good sir keep it up as wildlife photography is a noble and worthwhile endeavor.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2009-01-03 4:31]

Hi Joe,
It's magnificent portrait.Details are amazing.Very well caught and composed.

great closeup, TFS Ori

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