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A Look of Defiance

A Look of Defiance
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-17 23:07
Viewed: 7291
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a shot of a captive American Kestrel that was taken at the St. Louis Zoo. This male was tethered to a hoop at ground level, so I laid down on the ground to get eye to eye with him. I cropped this way so as not to show the jesse on his legs. Even in captivity, raptors always seem so proud and full of life.

American Kestrel - Falco sparverius

Common Names: Sparrow Hawk, Killy Hawk

Length: 8-10 in. (male); 9-11 in. (female)
Weight: 3.4-4.5 oz. (male); 3.6-5.3 oz. (female)
Wingspan: 20-22 in. (male); 21-24 in. (femaleDescription: The widespread American kestrel is the smallest North American falcon and one of our most common and colorful raptors. It is one of the few raptors with different color plumages in males and females. The back of the female's wings and tail are rusty brown with fine dark barring. The male's wings are blue gray and the tail is red with a wide dark subterminal band and a white tip. Both sexes have two dark mustache marks (malar stripe) and markings on the back of the head, which gives the appearance of two dark eyes (called ocelli) and a beak. Immatures have a lot of barring on their back and more streaking and buffy on chest.

Flight: Their active flight is light and buoyant, and they are the only North American falcons to hunt by hovering. Will chase birds in direct rapid flight, but usually hunt insects and small mammals from prominent perch.

Voice: A rapid, high klee klee klee or killy killy killy.

Habitat: Kestrels prefer open country, mountains, moorlands or grasslands.

Distribution: Common throughout North America. Northern populations are migratory, some move as far south as Central America. In the Carolinas, populations are highest in winter.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-17 23:45]

Beautiful well-saturated colors. Outstanding detail with razor sharp focus. Pleasing background. Excellent POV.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-17 23:52]

Hello Scott
A perfectly focused portrait of this kestrel.The colours are natural and well saturated.The POV and DOF are excellent.The details are razor sharp.The plumage is amazing.Excellent eye contact.National Geographic quality.TFS


Hi Scott

The BG in this shot is fantastic. Lovely colours. The details of the Kestrel are well shown and the eye contact is spot on! Very nice camera work. :-)

Hi Scott
Another outstanding bird portrait. Razor sharp focus - the feather detail is outstanding. Diagonal composition and DOF also contribute to the strength of this shot.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-18 0:52]

Hi Scott,
beautiful shot of this Kestrel, Very nice eye contact you getting and how clear those eyes are. Wonderful close up with excellent details and sharpness.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-18 2:41]

That's a winner, Scott. : )
I think kestrels are so beautiful. They are proud indeed.
You captured this one with crisp details and in a great POV.
I like the eye contact, and the colors are very natural.
TFS : )

Hi Scott,
Superb sharpness, great colors, very fine details, and neat blurry BG.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-18 4:13]

Hi Scott

A wonderful portrait of this simply gorgeous falcon (or kestrel as you call it)
The full-frontal POV here is exceptional and it works very well with the composition.
Also the light is impressive and it gave you these charming colors everywhere - not only the subject but the lovely blurred BG, too - and that reflection from thos big, dark but absolutely adorable eyes is really fantastic.
Great details throughout, impeccable DOF and a charming presentation.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Scott,
Very nice portrait of American Kestrel. POV, DOF, sharpness, exposure are great. I impressed with the details and natural colors of plumage. Thanks for sharing this fine picture.

Hi Scott,
Excellent capture of this beautiful hawk.
Nice clear details and colors.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-18 8:14]

BRAVO, Scott.
Excellent portrait with great colour palette. Richness of colours of the charming bird and of the BG staggers the imagination. Sharpness and details of your wonderful model are outstanding as well as its pose, your cropping and composition. Great portrait work. TFS and my best regards.

Well done Scott.
The palette of colors are wonderful..Your perfect exposure has made it so :)
Very well composed with excellent details, sharpness, POV, DOF, BG, and eye contact.
Have a great week!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-18 8:28]

Hello Scott,
MAgnificent capture.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear and razorsharp.POV,harmonious colors,BG and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hello Scott,
Excllent work with great quality, Perfect colors Bg POV DOF details, crisp, well composed and capture photo,

TFS Kyle

Hello Scott,
Wow, what a beautiful shot!! Perfect and delicate details, excellent POV, lovely colours of birds and BG, Wonderful portrait of American Kestrel!!
Well done, Scott.
Regards and TFS,

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2006-12-18 11:42]

hello Scott
piekny portret pustulki, ostrosc na wysokim poziomie, a kolorowe tlo fajnie wspolgra z ptakiem
gratuluje ujecia Marcin

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-18 12:04]

Hello Scott,

Excellent close-up picture of this Kestrel!!! You managed perfectly the exposition in order to get those great natural colors. Excellent composition and very nice bg! Details of the feathers are awesome too! I like the visual contact between the bird and you! Great picture and TFS,


Hello Scott,
I really like this portrait, this is wonderful. I never realized that they were so colorful. You caught excellent details, in a superb POV and composition. This is a great eye contact and this BG is awesome. I love raptors and this one is great! Thanks,

Hi Scott,
Very detailed image. Beautiful tones in the colors.
Excellent in colors and sharpness!

Hi, Scott.
Very nice portrait. Excellent exposure, sharpness and details. Straight eye contact. Beautiful colors and BG.

Hi Scott,
that's perfect - nothing else must be said - a wonderful and impressive shot, I love this bird very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-18 13:50]

Hi Scott

Fabulous portrait shot of this Kestrel, the POV is excellent and a great pose with wonderful eye contact, the shot is so sharp I'm sure it just pecked on the monitor screen, the colours are superb, with a great BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-18 14:19]

Un nítido primer plano Scott con intensos colores, perfecto fondo difuso y una iluminación ideal conforman una gran presentación de calidad, redondeada por un criterioso encuadre.
Mis mejores deseos... Ricardo

A razor sharp close up Scott with intense colors, perfect diffuse background and an ideal illumination conforms a great presentation of quality, rounded by a stable framing.
My best wishes... Ricardo

amazing portrait, TFS Ori

Hi Scott, wonderful photo of this bird. Splendid colors, good composition, great sharpness, lovely details, very well done.
Merry Christmas and Happy new year, Ciao Silvio

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-18 14:49]

Wooow excellent shot Scott.
Nice plumage.
Colors,details,note and point of view are great.TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2006-12-18 15:14]

Hello Scott,
This is the best portrait of this kestrel I've ever seen. What a sharpness with excellent details!
Very natural colours and a beautiful background. A great POV.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-18 17:13]

Hi Scott,
What a capture! Feathers, texture, details, sharpness, background, pose, composition are outstanding here.
TFS, José M.

A good strong capture with strong compostion. Nice and clear, and love that bg....
Well taken...

What a beauty, Scott!
The caption is well suited to the image.
In addition to the defiant look, you have captured this bird in its perfect glory.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful picture.

Hi dear Scott ,
excellent shot.
very nice sharpness.
beautiful colors and very good BG.
it is lovely.

best regards

Hi Scott,
Very sharp details. Great take..

bonjour scott
houas,même si il s'agit d'un oiseau captif, ce portrait est magnifique est merite bien d'etre placé dans les favoritres.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-19 15:50]
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Hi Scott

WOW, just brilliant. Another exemplary Trekkie showing to grovel in the dirt for that one perfect shot is not asking too much.

Your POV and crop made this composition something quite extraordinary. I just love it and straight away made it a favourite. You have captured this bird with such exquisite details, the second WOW. The DOF covered the entire range just perfectly and every bit of the kestrel is in complete focus. The BG deserves the third WOW. The OOF and well removed splash of colours are just splendid while it compliments the bird very well. The fourth WOW would go to the rather impressive exposure and the way you used the fill-in flash to obtain the perfect lighting on the subject. Not a single area of OE and the contrast between the lighter and darker areas are terrific. Of course, do not forget the double bonus with a catch light in either eye.

Excellent work and TFS.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-20 20:59]

Quite an excellent portrait Scott!
Detail, composition, POV, title, note, etc are all very well done!
Thanks & TFS,
ps been busy

Hello Scott,
A great guy, well depicted!
That stare tells about authoruty, someone expecting people to listen when he talks... That is, if he was human!
Great pose, and the feather coat is so well captured I can almost feel it...
Pablo -

What a beauty, I love this bird and your capture of detail and color is to be lauded, excellent shot.


Beautiful portrait. Great presentation fantastic blured buckground great colors
Best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-22 8:10]

Hola Scott, magnífico retrato, buenos detalles, nitidez y textura realmente buenos... un saludo TFS

Hello Scott
Tres jolie prise de vue avec ce portrait,tres bons details,bonne exposition et belle posture de l'oiseau.

Bravu et au revoir Joyeux Noel eu bonne année....JP

Hi Scott,
Amazing portrait.POV,POV,eye contact and details are perfect.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You!Thanks for sharing.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-23 1:27]

Fantastic shot Scott, very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting.
Happy Holidays

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-23 4:36]

Hello Scott, this is a very fine portrait - lovely details and some nice lighting. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-23 7:58]

Sharp, great colors, good DOF and excellent eyecontact (with the all-important catchlights). Well done! Happy holidays Scott!


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-23 12:16]

Hi Scott,
Excellent American Kestrel portrait my friend.
I like you blurred bg,pov,pose,colors,focus,sharpness,note,lighting and composition.
Merry Christmas My Friend,

I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend!
well observed and captured!
superb macro ....Great details and sharp!
Light and colours are impressive .... Ana:)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-26 8:16]

A Fantastic shot Scott , great colours compositie sharpnes beauty eyes and bg , thanks , Greetings Teunie And Good And Happy New Year .

You couldn't have painted a better background with a brush. The intensity in the eyes and the way the bird is posing for you is priceless. Details in the feathers and the beak is perfect. The f/8 allowed you to isolate the BG and keep him in perfect focus is your signature. The notes you leave always teach me something. Hover birds....hmmm...I have seen these in the Riverbend area.
Well done,

Hello Scott,
impressing pose, shown very clearly, smoothly and elegant.
Beautiful soft colours that are just perfect in their saturations.
Thank you for all your beautiful contributions to TN in 2006,
and my best wishes to you for 2007. Happy New Year to you and your family!
With best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-01-04 18:56]

A really stunning shot of this Kestrel, good job Scott. So sharp and well lighted. Great results, thanks.


let me make it a hundred Scot,
a very good portrait here, great details and a good pov, the dof is very good too, well done. Have a good 2007 for you and your family.
gr. jaap

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-06 10:12]

Scott, impressive capture.

A beautiful guy with great colors.

I like bg, pose and composition, as well as saturation.

Hello Scott,
Beautiful picture! The details are just perfect, the framing and focus as well. What I like here most are colours though. There's lots of nice shades of different colours on birds plumage and in the BG.
Lovely work!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-01-12 11:49]

One of my favorite birds of prey. You captured this portrait perfectly. I love the colorful background it brings out the Kestrel perfectly. Sharpness and details are perfect.

Excellent shot of this Kestrel, all th ecolors are perfectly exposed and the detail on this beauty is spot on. Well done Scott. :)

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-01-15 16:37]

Absolutely stunning,
Excellent I would say, no flaws,
very much appreciated :D
Cheers :D

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-01-21 14:25]


what a stunning portrait you have caught here. The colours and saturation are superb. And with such fantastic sharpness and feather detail as well, it is a pleasure to look at and hope you manage with your New Year's resolutions...


hi scott!
very beautiful portrait on
a really fine bird!
sharp with great pov and dof
well done!

Hello Scott, :)

Just another addition to your long list of happy customers! Another amazing razor sharp image, perfect POV, wonderful colours and detail in his feathers. Very well done, Impressive!

Oh, and you've got yourself a tour guide :D!


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