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Saker Falcon

Saker Falcon
Photo Information
Copyright: Vicky Adams (Vicky) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/4.7, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Devon and Cornwall visit 2005
Theme(s): Birds of Europe, Falcons - I chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-26 5:04
Viewed: 4686
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Originally, I thought this was a Buzzard...with thanks to Nigel (Merlin) who so succinctly pointed out my error. Apologies to all those I inadvertently fooled!!!

It is, of course, a Saker Falcon Falco cherrug

The Saker is a ferocious falcon and often attacks prey larger than itself. It will prey on a large range of animals, mainly rodents or birds such as pigeons, partridges, etc.

The Saker is significantly larger than the Peregrine Falcon. It has a large wingspan and needs a lot of space to fly in, so it excels in long distance flying. It can be identified by it's brownish colouring, similar to the Kestrel.

This bird is a favourite with falconers.

Falconry Centre, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

No cropping or PP, just slight sharpening before upload.

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To Jancie: Mistaken ID!Vicky 1 09-05 12:52
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Great portrait,
Good pose, and nice colour.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-26 6:16]

Hello Vicky,

This is a lovely portrait. Details are good and exposure is spot on. You managed to capture the catchligt in the eye and the details are good. Well done & TFS!


Hello Vicky

Good POV. Excellent catchlight in the eye. Nice close details, with good exposure. Nicely done. Thanks.

Nice shot Vicky,
Lovely looking bird in a great pose. Good detail, colour and exposure.
Have you had to clone something out above the head?, the BG looks a bit different there.
Well captured, thanks for posting. Have a great weekend

I always thought a buzzard was an ugly bird (not having seen one but the name made me think so), but this one looks quite attractive. I love his feather patterns and the colours and details are nice and sharp. Good eye glint too Vicky. Well done, thank you.

Err.. That's a Saker Falcon!

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