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Shrew for lunch

Shrew for lunch
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital), Canon 2x extender II
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-06 1:40
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kestrel feeding the chick with a shrew.
- The adult male is on the left. He’s recognizable through his grey head.
- The chick (on the right) left the nest one week ago. He's staying in the neighborhood and he (and his 4 brothers) is still fed by both the parents. The chicks have identical feathers to an adult female. They're easy to identify through the yellow part of the bill which is much more gray (compare chick and male here on the pic). The chick looks bigger than the male. He's not. He makes himself big in an attempt to minimize the chances that his brothers steal his meal.
- The shrew had other plans for the day.

The common kestrel
(Falco tinnunculus, un faucon crécerelle)

The Common Shrew or Eurasian Shrew
(Sorex araneus, la musaraigne carrelet)

PP work:
Lighten birds and shrew; crop; level; contrast.

Thanks for looking,
Camera Model Canon EOS 50D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.0.7
Shooting Date/Time 22/06/2010 17:34:18
Shooting Mode Program AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/640
Av( Aperture Value ) 8.0
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 100
Auto ISO Speed ON
Lens EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x
Focal Length 400.0mm
Image Size 4752x3168
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off
FE lock OFF
White Balance Mode Auto
AF Mode One-Shot AF
Picture Style Standard
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Color tone 0
Color Space sRGB
Long exposure noise reduction 0:Off
High ISO speed noise reduction 0:Standard
Highlight tone priority 0:Disable
Auto Lighting Optimizer 0:Standard
Peripheral illumination correction Disable
File Size 18629KB
Dust Delete Data No
Drive Mode High-speed continuous shooting
Live View Shooting OFF

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Hello JeanMarie,
Great scene with this mole (or shrew?) as prey, taken from a very good POV. Beautiful natural colours. Good sharpness and details. Nice OOF BG.

Hi JeanMarie

Fantastic shot of this young kestrel being fed by the parent.
Excellent sharpness and composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-06 4:56]
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Hello Jean-Marie,
A great capture of a male Kestrel feeding its young a shrew.
The technical quality and composition are first class.
Shrews are usually avoided by mamalian predators because the meat is unpalatable. I wonder if this Kestrel will eat it?
Thanks and best regards,

Hello JeanMarie!
Great capture of a fantastic moment! Good details, perfect sharpness, natural colors! And the composition is also very good, which is not easy to think of in an action photo! Also I like the POV and the blurred BG which emphasizes the subject! Great job!

nice lunch, TFS Ori

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-08 3:23]

Hi Jean-Marie.
It is difficult to imagine more attractive scene than this pictured one. POV and framing are also perfect as well as exposure, details and sharpness of the main characters. My compliments and best wishes.

Hello Jean-MAaie
congratulations for the beautiful picture, excellent sharpness and contrast. great POV
thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

Salut JeanMarie,
Another great document - of animal behaviour - from you. Thanks.

Your observation is very interesting, well supported by your informative notes.

The movement of both, the wing as well as foot, make if a very lively image.

One can feel your involvement in the action, and the colours are truly beautiful.

Bonne Dimanche,
Greetings from South Africa

Fico impressionado com fotos com tamanha qualidade, meus parabéns!

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