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Falconry - Saker Falcon

Falconry - Saker Falcon
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-22 18:52
Viewed: 1331
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, today I saw in demonstration of falconry
2 birds of prey, I will start with this one, it is the Saker falcon
trained for falconry, under his claws there is a chukar partridge.

After having done the attack and catch his prey,
the falconer allowed me to approach and shoot photos
from very close distance, but when was the attacking
demonstration I was to stay far from the action.

The Saker Falcon, it is not a native north american bird of prey.

1/1000s f/7.1 ISO1600 85mm (35mm eq:127mm).


« The saker falcon (Falco cherrug) is a large species of falcon.
This species breeds from eastern Europe eastwards across Asia
to Manchuria. It is mainly migratory except in the southernmost
parts of its range, wintering in Ethiopia, the Arabian peninsula,
northern Pakistan and western China.

The saker falcon has been used in falconry for thousands of years,
and like its very close relative the gyrfalcon is a highly regarded
falconry bird. Swift and powerful, it is effective against medium
and large game bird species. In recent years hybrids of
saker falcons and peregrine falcons have been developed
in order to provide falconers a bird with greater size and
horizontal speed than the peregrine, with greater propensity
for diving stoops on game than the saker. »



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Good to see your picture of a grounded bird, Asbed. :)
With those bold camera settings, you have created a super sharp image of this Falcon.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-23 0:25]

Hello Asbed,
Excellent sharp detailed photo of this falcon taken from a very nice low POV. Beautiful natural colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-23 6:43]

Hi Asbed,very nice pose and excellent capture despite the difficult location in the grass,the best DOF for the best details,a different specie not often seen in your gallery.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Asbed,
Excellent picture of this Falcon. Very good DOF with stunning POV. Bird was in your reach and here we can see the beauty of your lens as well as capability of capturing beautiful photograph.
Thanks for sharing with good NOTE,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Bonjour Asbed,

La végétation cadre bien l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du Faucon sacre. La bonne luminosité donne de belles teintes aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-08-25 10:57]

Hi Asbed,
Beautiful falcon. Amazing colours and excellent focus on the eye.
Perfect point of view.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Asbed, fantastic hawk in the grasss, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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