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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BIRDS of CYPRUS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-01 7:26
Viewed: 5162
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I would like to thank all of you who were kind enough to give me such wonderful critiques for my 300th!

Here in Southern Sweden December starts with heavy cloud and drizzle, a situation that makes one think of sunshine and light, like that in Cyprus. So no. 301 is a male Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).

This is the most widespread an common species of falcon in Europe and the Mediterranean area. In Sweden, except for the very south and N.E. Europe it is a summer visitor.

The grey head shows that this is a male, the head of the female being brown. He was using this eucalyptus tree to look out for prey such as lizards and larger insects.

It might be worth pointing out that all the species of eucalyptus trees and bushes found in Europe and the Americas are introduced from Australia. They are mostly ornamental, but some species are cultivated in places such as N. Africa for timber, used for boat construction and houses.

This was taken in the famous lighthouse area known not only for its Roman ruins, but for its migratory birds in the spring, resting on the way to Turkey and Europe from Africa. Though the kestrel is resident in Cyprus.

As this male was used to tourists, he allowed me to approach to about 10 meters and the image was taken with the camera hand-held.

After cropping by about 30% and size reduction, the image was selectively sharpened.

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We do have Kestrel here in Washington State. I have seen them as well. The US put them on a postage stamp for a bit. An interesting bird. I was not aware of their connection to the falcons. You are truly the expert on such things...well among thee ones who know let me say...and this image of course shows him after a workout and before his preening:-) Nicely done Ivan! Who said you were terrible...achh..old legends.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-01 7:35]

Hello Ivan,
Another splendid image well captured with great camera work. The details obtained in the plummage is magnificent. Thanks for sharing Ivan.

Hello Ivan
Very nice shot of this beautiful Kestrel,
Perfect details,lighting and POV,Welldone.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-01 7:47]

Hola Ivan,
precioso retrato y detalles,
bello plumaje y sensacional pov y color,

Hi Ivan ,
nice aht with great details.
nice sharpness and beautiful colours.
well captured

Hello Ivan,
Congrats for your 301 as well, as you posted a very beautiful Kestrel; great sharpness, colours, perching, pose and so forth:-)
Waiting for 302:-)

Good morning Ivan,
Well composed frame, perfect color and exposure.
Excellent focusing with very sharp detail, and I like the POV from slightly below..
It always seems to give the subject an improved stature, more stately if you will :)
Very well done,

Hello Ivan,

Great picture of this kestrel. Great sharpness and light. Beautiful detail of the feathers. Very nice natural colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-01 8:17]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful photo of this Kestrel. Fantastic details and DOF. Great colours and natural light. Good focus, POV and composition.
P.S. I've tried to make a WS without the leaves in the BG, but lost too much details.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-12-01 8:25]
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Fantastic photo of this falcon. Are you absolutely sure that this is not a falco naumanni (rödfalk)? I think the chin is quite evenly grey without the prominent black tear and to me the spots on the breast are quite small and not that dense.... How did it look at the back?

We saw one of them on Isle de marguerite outside of Cannes earlier this year.

However this is incredible good with amazing details, a very good pose and that nice reflection in the eye.

Grattis Ivan till en strålande bild!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-01 8:58]

Hi Ivan,
Nice capture of this guy with very good focus, sharpness, light , POV , composition and details. I liked the catchlight in the eye. TFS
Best wishes,

great sharpness and wonderful light captured, great shot

hello ivan,
fine post , the focus is spot on, nice details of the plumage, lovely colours, well composed shot, sky makes lovely bg,
well done,
tfs & rergards

Hello my friend Ivan,
I also want to give my heartiest congratulation on your 300th posting today! will see many more to come of your excellent works!
This is a good shot as well with the perfect pose of the Kestrel!
perfect exposure and focus in sharpness with details
my best wishes always

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-01 10:01]

Hi Ivan. We had a bit of sun today and then back to rain and forcast for all day sunday.
This is a very clear well detail shot of the Kestrel. good natural colours . i like the side pose ofthe head giving good light in the eye. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-12-01 11:06]

selam ivan; Excellent shot of this lovely kestrel.Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.splendid Colors. well done.
TFS ridvan

Excellent portraite, Ivan. Perfect sharpness and details, Eye contact and POV super. Great composition with blue sky. Greeting. Professional work. Nice notes to read. Thanks a lot for sharing. Have a nice Sunday to you and your family.


Great capture here,
Congrats on the 300th,
Very well done,


Hello Ivan,
I agree, Scandinavia is not the best place for outdoor photography at the moment..!
But with fine images like this in the files there is no problem... Good details in the plumage and attractive colours!
A fine pose and an effective point of view...
Pablo -

Hi Ivan,
A very beautiful capture of this nice looking brother of falcons. Very nice details with a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-02 3:06]

Hi Ivan, this is a magnificent shot of the Kestrel. You have captured fine detail on the feathers with a very nice pov. Colour and sharpness excellent with great light throughout. Excellent

Hi Ivan, lovely bird in great pose with superb details, great sharpness, good contrast against blue sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-02 8:20]

Hi Ivan.
You have presented this beautiful bird as perfect as Creator has created it. I like wonderful light, excellent vivid colours (rich, clear and pleasant), terrific reproduction of every feathers. Pose and glance of the bird is so attractive as well as the scenery. Twigs and leaves create amazing scene. Bravo. My best wishes.

Hi Ivan
Very nice shot, Good sharpness, great composition and POV and good note Branches and leafs creates nice natural surrounding
Best wishes

bonjour ivan
le plumage est parfaitement detaillé,c'est une prouesse d'arriver a prendre un oiseau aussi mefiant d'aussi prés et avec cette qualité.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-02 11:54]

Hello Ivan,
What a beauty! Wonderful capture, great POV
and composition.. Very lovely bird..


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-02 19:31]

Hi Ivan,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will return with a proper critique later. Sorry, work pressure.

Hej Ivan
This is really nice shot of this little raptor. Details, colours and pose are good. Looks like this gay had bad feather day but we can see smile on his bill anyway:)
TFS / Hälsningar

Det regnar hela tiden... Har lampan på redan på morgonen :( Måste ta en vecka någonstans och testa ordentligt min nya kamera.

Hi again Ivan,
Excellent sharpness and lovely details on feathers. Great DOF and wonderful vivid colours. POV makes strongness to this bird...
Cheers my friend,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-04 1:36]

Great shot Ivan ! This is so crisp and sharp, the exposure is perfect and your composition is very effective. Thanks !


Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this Kestrel!
Super POV/pose with excellent focus details.
Fine light also.
Sweet composition.
Well done, TFS

I miised this picture, Ivan, so it feels good to go back to it and admire it for its lively portrayal of a Kestrel.
The frontal view gives a very good impression of this bird you shot in Cyprus.
The lovely blue sky at this time of the year must have filled you with nostalgia for your summer trip.
BTW, thanks for your very kind words on my 500th post. It is very generous of you to find the work of a mediocre photographer like me of some interest.
Best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-12 19:24]

Hello Ivan

Wonderful focus and sharp detail.
The plumage is well defined with excellent markings and colours.
The POV is very good.
Fantastic sharp eye and beak detail.
Nicely placed in the frame in natural setting.


Hello friend Ivan,

Another lovely beauty from my homeland with excellent details and great sharpness, etc.
TFS friend,

My best regards,


Hello Ivan

WOW ! great close-up shot of the Kestrel,
very fine POV and framing, wonderful light,
great focus, sharpness, and details, and the
catch-light that always improve the photo, TFS


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