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Common Kestrel *For Aido*

Common Kestrel *For Aido*
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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/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - III chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-22 2:29
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from the Raptor-in-the-Forest Photoday which is run by Miles Herbert (Captivelight).

This one is dedicated to Adrian for giving me lots of advice and for sharing some stunning shots with us :-)

I hope you like it!

haraprasan, boreocypriensis, aido, coasties, ramthakur, eqshannon, jaycee, Jamesp has marked this note useful
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-22 2:34]

Hi Joe,what a fantastic moment to take the pic,fantastic colors and details,the position of the ligh make a diference! Beutifull work,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hi Joe,
A lovely capture of this beautiful kestrel. Superb composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Joe,
A splendid pose of this beautiful bird, common Kestrel.
Superb detailed and perfect composition my friend.
As usual-perfect DOF and POV.
Great shot Owlman:-)
Have a great Sunday!


Very nice image and composition.
IMHO I would prefer it to be a little brighter.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-06-22 3:13]

Hi Joe,
Well what a surprise, and a nice one too :-) Thanks very much for the dedication, I'm glad to be able to offer advice and hope that some of it has been helpful. A great image, I like the light a lot in this, more natural looking than the image of the same bird that I posted. Perfect depth of field and great detail. Good point of view too with a clear view of the colours and markings. Excellent!
Cheers and thanks again,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-22 3:15]

Hello Joe
Superb photo of this Kestrel. The colours and sharpness are marvelous. Fantastic composition and pose. POV, BG and DOF are great!
High quality!

Hi Joe

Congrats on a stunning shot. Lovely pose, good exposure, perfect catchlight and BG.

Wow, this is some picture, Joe!!
Amazing focus, clarity and colours.
A truly superb portrait of this elegant bird.
Well done and TFS.

Good morning Joe,
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
~Henry David Thoreau

Hi Joey,
This is a real beauty! The image is crystal clean with perfect exposure, pose and details. This place seems to be so great! Thanks,

I have seen these in my wilderness but none so close in. I did have a feather for a bit before I realized it was on the list of migratory birds of which the US does not allow for keeping...so I gave it to a Native American who lived up there...Very nice image...Super fine Joey!

Hi Joe
Fantastic shot with amazing detail and beautiful color
Crystal clear image with nice reflection in eye
tfs jon

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-22 8:53]

Hi Joe,

A magnificent photo of this Kestrel in a perfect pose. It looks as if you arranged his wings to get the look you wanted. Everything about this is superb - colors, details, background, composition. The face, eye, plummage and tail feathers are fantastic.


perfect! color, composition,sharpness,pov...all perfect.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-22 11:41]

Hi Joe. This is a first class picture of the kestrel. You have made the most of your time with this bird and got a sharp fine detailed shot. the colours are very natural. wirh a nice POV/DOF. well done tFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-22 13:03]

Hi Joe,
Nice POV, colors and composition. TFS

Hi Joe,

This is very beautiful picture of Kestrel. Excellent composition and POV, perfectly sharp details, very beautiful colours and I can see the reflection of you in the eye. Very good work.


Best wishes


Sharp, detailed, colourful and... simply beauty! These are some facts about your picture! Nice dedication to Adrian too :)
Best regards from Lodz Joe!


It looks to me like this one decided to pose for you and really liked it! You've used this opportunity very well. Great results, excellent detail, pose and OOF background. I always say that it is shots like these that keep us coming back for more. Great work and a wonderful dedication. TFS

Best Regards,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-22 18:21]

Hello Joe,
Well Joe I went back and had a look at your images I missed while I was gone and you continue to amaze me, great work Joe.
This kestrel image is fabulous and possess fantastic color and details, thank you for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-22 22:33]

Hi Joe

A lovely shot of this kestrel. Excellent detail with good colour and isolation of the subject. Great work.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-23 0:36]

Hello Joe,
Superb capture, perfect in all respects! What more can I say. Well done!!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-23 3:40]

Hello Joe, WOW what a shot supported by sharp and crisp picture. Great dedication and well composed shot. Ganesh

Hi Joe, great pose for this lovely bird with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-23 21:43]

Hello Joe

It's a beauty.
The portrait style is very good.
The focus is sharp with excellent detail.
Wonderful plumage colours and definition.
Lovely OOF BG with terrific bokeh.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-24 7:45]

Well done Joe on this fine capture, perfect composition and pose and a fantastic exposure, a perfect shot my friend, thanks!


Preciosa, creo también que esa lentre de Canon es responsable de esta maravilla :-)

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