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Eleonora's Falcon

Eleonora's Falcon
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, 300 mm 1:2.8 with 1.4 CANON extender
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - III chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-08 13:32
Viewed: 7691
Points: 19
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Eleonora's Falcon is an elegant bird of prey, 36-42 cm long with an 87-104 cm wingspan. It is like a large Hobby or a small slender Peregrine Falcon, with its long pointed wings, long tail and slim body. There are two colour phases. The adult dark morph is all dark brown, with black underwing coverts. The light morph is more like a juvenile Hobby, but has buff underparts, and also shows the contrast between the black underwing coverts and paler base to the flight feathers.

Young birds are also like a large juvenile Hobby, but the pale underparts contrast with darker wingtips and wing coverts.

It will take large insects, such as dragonflies, which are transferred from talons to beak and eaten in flight. However, this species has a delayed breeding season, in late summer, because it is a specialist hunter of migrating birds which pass through the Mediterranean islands at this time of year. It captures small birds in flight, using its speed and aerobatic skills.

Birds spend much time cruising along coastal cliffs with steady wingbeats watching for tired incoming migrants.

This bird is named after Eleonor of Arborea, national heroine of Sardinia.

more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleonora's_Falcon

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-08 14:15]

Hi Tom,
this is an amazing capture of this magificent bird.
Great POV and composition.
Well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-08 14:22]

Hi Tom
Beautiful capture , extremely sharp image with beautiful colors.I like all the details that we see from the feathers,I also like that sharp eye.
TFS Michel

Hi Tom,
Possibly the best flight shot I have seen of this species. Good job! Pale morph, adult male, albeit a young adult judging from the amount of buff spotting on the underwing coverts. Just a pretty Falcon. By the way, I see you started out using "phase", but switched to the correct "morph". It is tough to get people to use the right terminology when even the authors of guide books use them wrong. Phase = transitory, Morph = permanent.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-08 16:39]

Hello Tom, explendid shot, the blue sky for BG is just beautiful, very good POV and sharpness..well done..

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-05-08 17:49]

Hi Tom, a nice shot of the falcon. Great colors. Nice little catchlight in the eye. Good image and composition. Thanks.


Hello Tom , perfect photo , i like very much , esp. eye-contact and details super , TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-09 16:17]

Hello Tom,
Great detail and colors in this excellent inflight capture, thanks for sharing Joe.

i found this one very beautiful.the bird is first of all a beautiful one.his wings posed like this make this picture different and more active,more powerful.it gives an impression of 3D.
i like it.
thanks tom :-)
p.s.ee gleck dass du mir nach heiansdo punkten gess....;-)

hi tom!
A perfect captured beauty!

Nice picture of an stunning bird! But not very sharp -> looks to me as a large "crop".

Hi Tom,
great shot of this specie. Una delle mie specie preferite - my favourite bird specie.

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