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Peregrine Falcon Dive

Peregrine Falcon Dive
Photo Information
Copyright: Will James Sooter (sharpeyes) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 18] (74)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm f5.6 ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS, Birds In Flight Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-15 15:28
Viewed: 14146
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In 2003 I observed this tundra Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus tundris) on the cliffs about 6 miles from my home. At the time I did not know he was of the tundra subspecies. Just the same I decided to observe him everyday of the week from the time I first saw him. He became a project for me. Having him as a subject is what prompted me to buy my first DLSR and begin photo-documenting his behavior. I named him "Stretch." He gave me a lot of exercise, sometime I would hike and walk over 8 miles a day to keep an eye on him. I observed him perform his high-speed stoops on his prey over the Pacific ocean through all types of weather. He was spectacular to watch. Eventually he seemed to tolerate my presence. All my friends thought I was obsessed with him, and I was. Tracking and photo documenting his life became my new career.

On this day I had sat and watched him for 5 hours as he was perched on the cliff in front of me, preening and looking out over the ocean for prey. I was hoping that I could stay focused on him and capture a series of shots as he launched from the cliff. This image was number 2 in the series of shots that came out OK. Luckily my hand was steady and the Nikkor AF 80-400mm had enough light to stay in focus as he dove off the cliff. Stretch died last year. He was a magnificent subject and I miss him. I appreciate all of your comments, Thank you so much, Cheers, Will

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-09-15 17:36]

Hi Will,
A warm welcome to TN. : )
From the sounds of it, you fit right in. : )
There are quite a few TN'ers who have had obsessions of the same kind.
Loot has a theme called "Touched by Nature", and your experience seems to be one of those.
Stretch is a beautiful bird. What a privilege and a thrill for you to have had the opportunity to know him and watch him.
You must have quite a quick reflex. Knowing how fast these falcons go, you certainly caught the action very expertly. The details are amazingly sharp for this kind of action shot. You must have been on a high and precarious perch yourself to achieve that POV.
Thanks for sharing this capture of a magnificent raptor.
How did you find out that he died? How did he die?

Hi Will,

This image is a good tribute to stretch.
Good timing and reflex to get the face so sharp. Your effforts were well rewarded.


Nice shot. You have captured a great moment! Excellent clarity and sharpness.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-16 11:00]

Hello Will,
There aren't a lot of photographers who can manage such a shot. The speed of this Falcon is amazing and you made a very sharp photo of it with great details. The light and colours are also excellent. Great work!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-16 11:53]

Hello Will,

You photo is impressive as it shows with grat sharpness this bird flying with high speed. You have captured a very fine light giving such vivid colors and you have rendered a reachness of color tones.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-16 14:08]
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Stunning capture, Will!
The pose is excellent.
Very good timing and reactions.
Excellent composition.

Very well done!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-28 12:27]

How wonderful to have been able to observe him for all those times, Will. You must have taken some good shot of him. This one is good with Stretch diving off the cliff. You can see how alert his eyes are as he's looking for prey.
He looks a beautiful bird, and it's a great actions shot.
Thank you for sharing him with us

Hello Will,
Great shot, fantstic action, excellent sharpness and depth of field, beautifulcolors, good clarity, lovely oof background and good catchlight in the eye.
well done.

Welcome to Treknature

hello will!
this is a wonderful shot. i can see your efforts are greatly rewarded indeed =)
amazing his eyes are menacing!
thanks for sharing

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