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Saker Falcon

Saker Falcon
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Copyright: Graham Theobald (graz) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 26] (216)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - II chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-11 17:25
Viewed: 8422
Points: 20
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The saker falcon is a big, strong bird of prey with large feet and pointed wings. It is larger than the peregrine falcon, and has a very wide wingspan for its size. There are several subspecies of saker falcons; the steppe Saker (Falco cherrug cherrug), the mountain Saker (Falco cherrug milvipes), and the Altai Saker (Falco cherrug altaicus ). The saker falcon has a large range of color, from dark brown to grey, to almost white. Saker falcons are also thought to breed with gyrfalcons and form a hybrid falcon.

The saker falcon originated in southeast Europe and Asia. Their preferred habitats are the open plains and forest steppes. They can be found on the steppes of Mongolia and of

southern Siberia, and the Russian Altai mountains.

The saker falcon is about 18 inches tall. They have large eyes and a short, hooked beak. Steppe saker falcons use the nests of Black Kites (Milvus migrans) and Imperial Eagles (Aquila heliaca). The mountain saker build its nest on cliffs. Saker falcons lay 2 to 5 eggs. In the winter they migrate south to Kazakhstan and the Middle East.

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This is a very nice picture, looks like a studio shot, really nice quality and details.
You should have included the equipment, and shot parameters so we can have a better idea of how you take this kind of pics.
If pray birds are on your wish list, maybe the sigma focus might be slow for you but again cant compare to the canon.
Welcome to TN!

Hi Graham,
You did a beautiful capture of this falcon. Details are fantastic and so DOF and POV. Your blurred BG makes your bird stand out nicely. Great quality shot. TFS!

Hi Graham,
it's a good portrait af the falcon maybe a bit tight at the top but with very good details and POV.
The shallow DOF is good too, the bird standout nicely from the OOF BG.
Very well done.

a belated Welcome to TN.

hello Graham

nice photo , very shrap , good composition and beautiful colours


Nic capture Graham,
Welcome to TN
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Nice clear smooth shot, works well.

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  • MojoUK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
  • [2006-07-13 18:11]

Hi Graham,

Lovely close up of the magnificent Saker Falcon. The clarity is excellent you can clearly see all the feather detail. The composition is very nice and the DoF just right to show the bird very sharply but throw the background well OOF.

hope your not in to much pain from the opp!

Regards, Mark.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-14 9:43]

Hello Graham,
A belated welcome to TN. Great shot you have here, beautiful detail and great colours. Nicely framed, superb DOF with no fall-off on the Falcon and nicely defocused BG. Just a little OE on the whites on the body but a minor nit. Great shot!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-14 10:56]

Hi Graham,
Welcome to TN. Nice portrait, excellent details, lighting and colours. Perfect exposure and DOF, very well done and TFS.

P.S. will let you know about the Sigma lens.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-07-14 15:41]

wow - that is some stunnign post of this bird of prey you have captured there. The colours and detail is so very clear and DOF is excellent.


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