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The Merlin and his prey, a Starling

The Merlin and his prey, a Starling
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-14 17:18
Viewed: 1505
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, few days ago I posted
a photo of the Merlin protecting his
prey a Starling. I wrote that I missed
the in-flight shot because it was off-focus
and I decided to keep that photo for me for
my archives, well is only the head's part that
the focus is not well done and I changed my mind
I decide that this photo also deserves to be seen.

So here is it, it was this shot I was talking,
here I did a only 50% of cropping, if the focus
at the head would be successful I could do up
to 75 to 80% of cropping.

Here is the link of the first photo.

1/4000s f/5.6 (photo shot
in Manual mode), ISO1000,
50mm (35mm eq:75mm) and
up to 50% of cropping.

from Birds of Nova Scotia website

« Range
In North America, breeds from Alaska
to Newfoundland, north to the tree limit
and south to the northern United States.
Winters from the United States (rarely
southern Canada) south to the West
Indies and northern South America.
Widely distributed in the Old World.

This species was once known as the
"Pigeon Hawk" in North America, a name
derived from its resemblance in flight to
the extinct Passenger Pigeon. Unlike its
larger relative, the Peregrine Falcon, it is
not a wary bird, often allowing humans to approach
within easy gunshot. This misplaced confidence far
too often led to its destruction in the past. »



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Hello Asbed.
The image is still good with 50% cropping. The body details are well observed and you are right about the head area of this bird. Pleasing natural setting and tone.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-14 18:39]

Hello Asbed,
I'm glad you decided to post this shot, I think it's a wonderful image. You may never get the chance to photograph a scene like this again, and from what I can see you did a fine job!!

Ciao Asbes, great capture of rapax protecting its prey, interesting scene, beautiful ambientation with great camouflage, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

fascinating photographic hunt, nice this scene!
best regards Asbed

Hello Asbed,
I am also like this one. good detail and colour.
best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-15 7:29]

Hello Asbed,
A bit difficult to see what's going on. The camouflage is almost perfect. But an interesting scene.

Bonjour Asbed,
Belle scène de la vie sauvage prise dans des conditions vraisemblablement difficiles.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Asbed
Great capture of this bird with prey.Impressive timing as usual.Wonderful natural colours.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

Hello Asbed,
Although coloure of the bird camouflage with the surroundings,you have tried to show us its natural habitat with its prey.
watching thumbnail I didn't understand what it is!But when looked closer its clear to me.Nice focus and sharpness with natural colour of this flying Merlin.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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