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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 400, Canon EF 1.4x Extender II
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - III chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-17 0:24
Viewed: 3304
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Hobby flying at Stodmarsh nature reserve. This one was flying with another Hobby and the Red-footed Falcon I posted earlier above the reserve.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), or just simply Hobby, is a small slim falcon. It belongs to a rather close-knit group of similar falcons often considered a subgenus Hypotriorchis. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 as Falco subbuteo.

This species breeds across Europe and Asia. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa.
Adults are slate-grey above, and streaked lengthwise below, with a white throat. Close views enable the red "trousers" and vent to be seen. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are generally much browner.

It is a bird of open country such as farmland, taiga and savannah. They are widespread in lowlands with scattered small woods.

It is an elegant bird of prey, appearing sickle-like in flight with its long pointed wings and square tail. It will take large insects, such as dragonflies, which are transferred from talons to beak and eaten in flight. It also captures small birds in flight. Its speed and aerobatic skills enable it to take swallows and even swifts on the wing, and Barn Swallows or House Martins have a characteristic "hobby" alarm call.
Hobbies nest in old nests of crows and other birds, laying 2-4 eggs.

A range of board games was also once going to be named "Hobby", but the inventor, Peter Adolph, was refused permission by the Patent Office. The inventor, who was also a birdwatcher, simply used the scientific name of the Hobby and called the board game Subbuteo.

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Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful Hobby bird. Excellent flying action shot. Superb details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-17 8:59]

Hi Pekka,

I must admit I have never seen, nor even heard of, a Hobby. Thank you for the introduction. Another lovely in-flight shot showing the bird in a nice position with good details and colors. I love the composition with so much open sky in front of him.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-17 14:26]

Hi Pekka,
another excellent in-flight shot of a falcon!
I love the pose and composition.
Great exposure.
Good sharpness.

Well done,

p.s may be off to Elmsley Marsh on the weekend if the weather holds out! :-)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-18 2:18]

Hello Pekka, Very nice shot on good composition. well presented. Ganesh

hello Pekka

excellent in-flight shot of this bird of prey, fine POV with excellent
sharpness and details, i love where he is placed on the image,
and love that bird of prey look on his flight, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-18 8:22]

Hello Pekka,
It is not easy to achieve a good in-flight of this fast-flying falcon, but thanks to your fine panning technique you have captured this sub-adult Hobby with good sharpness and from a fine POV against the blue sky.
TFS this beauty,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-18 9:23]

Hej Pekka,
What a great selection of Birds of Prey you're showing us! This is a fine in-flight capture of a species that we sometimes see here along the coast but it is really hard to capture. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Pekka,

Good capture from these bird.
Very good details and colours.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-18 13:27]

Hi Pekka

Great shot - this is a bird I have not seen in the UK. Great panning skill.


Hello Pekka. Beautiful shot in the sky with full spread wings. Sharp details exposing the plumage and just brilliant against the spotless blue sky. Well done. Jusni

Hi Pekka, splendid lying bird with fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

a lovely shot of this hobby, Pekka...
Very sharp.

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