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A wild Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) doing what Kestrels do best! This one had caught a rodent, settled with its prey on a post 79.9m in front of the camera and, after disembowelling its prey, discarded the entrails.

PS. 10.15am I have just uploaded a V2 to illustrate what happens to this image if cropped in as suggested. IF ONLY the bird had settled close enough for a full frame capture ...but then they never do GrinGrinGrin

My thanks to everybody for their votes and generous comments on my Blue Tit upload. Very much appreciated as always.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jan 2012 - 2:09 PM
Focal Length:700mm 79.9m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Bon Appetit !
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:19 Jan 2012 - 12:28 AM
Tags:Common, Disembowelling, Entrails, Falco tinnunculus, Feeding, Kestrel, Papercourt meadows, Prey, Rodent, Wildlife / nature
Votes:58
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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 12:32 AM

Yuk….well done……..Jocelia

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9915 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 12:32 AM

what a super capture with wonderful detail
neil

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 12:34 AM

My immediate reaction too was "Yuk", just like Jocelia: but you have captured an aspect of it's feeding habits so effectively, Sylvia.
Ronnie.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 12:34 AM

Brilliant capture.Well done..Lin

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 12:40 AM

Another superb capture Sylvia, if a little gruesome Smile Hope all is well.....

Ade

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 12:42 AM

A wonderful capture showing nature in the raw. - gary

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Chinga
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19 Jan 2012 - 1:37 AM

Best on offer from nature! Good shot! IB

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GRAYCLEMENTS
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19 Jan 2012 - 2:40 AM

what an awesome capture,superb.

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johnjo58
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19 Jan 2012 - 5:15 AM

A natural moment wonderfully captured
David

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 5:29 AM

It is now 5.28am and you have done wonders with my thoughts of breakfast Sad Superb capture and image. Wink

Barry

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 6:21 AM

Yukky, Sylvia, but a wonderful image Smile Carol

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 6:38 AM

Excellent capture showing nature at its best .Rob

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 6:46 AM

For me I would do a tighter crop...
I know that is a post and it has a lot of detail but it distracts from the bird...
So crop just under the bird and worm...
Then look at the balance and trim crop so it simlar to what you have.
As this image is balanced very well...
Love the colours and tones..
There a lot of detail..
A cracking image...
Well done...
Dave

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 7:47 AM


Quote: For me I would do a tighter crop...
I know that is a post and it has a lot of detail but it distracts from the bird...
So crop just under the bird and worm...
Then look at the balance and trim crop so it simlar to what you have.
As this image is balanced very well...
Love the colours and tones..
There a lot of detail..
A cracking image...
Well done...
Dave

I see where you are coming from, Dave and ideally I would have done a much tighter crop (or even more ideally would have liked to be much closer to the bird) but the subject was just short of 80m away and image quality suffers horrendously by cropping in closely (I did try various options in my processing). Many thanks however for your input - much appreciated Smile

Last Modified By teocali at 19 Jan 2012 - 7:50 AM

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 7:55 AM

Yukky but brilliantly timed, informative and very well taken.

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 19 Jan 2012 - 7:56 AM

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 8:04 AM

Indeed you need a bon appetite for that - but that's nature. Thanks God there are these birds feeding on it... else... well...
Brilliant capture, all the more as it was at long distance. Well done Sylvia,
Johanna

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TerryMcK
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19 Jan 2012 - 8:06 AM

Very well captured, Sylvia. One of my "dream" shots would be of a Kestrel perched like this & with prey.
Terry

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 8:33 AM

oh yuk!!!!
What a fantastic capture

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 8:34 AM

brilliant timing sylvia wonderful detail and colours a belter nice one Wink
andy

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 8:51 AM

Fine capture Sylvia. Agree its a bit gruesome but thats life ---for the Kestrel -- if not for that vole/rat.!!GrinGrin It was a quite a distance so you have done well with this.
Ron

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MossyOak
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19 Jan 2012 - 8:54 AM


Quote: For me I would do a tighter crop...
I know that is a post and it has a lot of detail but it distracts from the bird...
So crop just under the bird and worm...


If you cropped there and made it 1000px it would not cope at all with it from that distance as we know. The crop on this is perfect and holds the detail Sylvia, any more would lose detail and turn it plastic looking. Great timing with the intenstines hanging and a super eye.
Very well processed.
Richard

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 9:11 AM

WoW !! Just about as natural & raw as it gets Sylvia....Fabulous image Tongue Would love this in my PF !!
As for the crop...........Perfect IMHO

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tomcat
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19 Jan 2012 - 9:19 AM

Life in the rawGrin

Cracking shot Sylvia, considering the distance.
I'm guessing you have one of those pocket laser measures???

Adrian

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 9:43 AM


Quote: Life in the rawGrin

I'm guessing you have one of those pocket laser measures???

Adrian

Nope, Adrian, don't carry any more kit than I have to Tongue - distance comes up in the Exif data - Bridge in CS5 and go to Metadata for distance from subject with a Canon L lens Wink
Sylvia

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 1:53 PM

Cor thats breakfast lunch and tea in one foul swoop Sylvia

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 2:34 PM


Quote: Cor thats breakfast lunch and tea in one foul swoop Sylvia

GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Falling off my chair, Ann - brilliantly witty comment Smile
Sylvia

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina e2 Member 6Gray_ina vcard
19 Jan 2012 - 5:03 PM

Hi Sylvia, love this, the real world of nature, excellent capture, regards gray.

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 6:34 PM

Love this shot
mike

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Louise_Morris
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19 Jan 2012 - 6:51 PM

Superb (as V1 Wink ) Lou

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91929 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 8:31 PM

Looks just fine in that format to me Sylvia - super capture.
Brian.

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norton
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19 Jan 2012 - 8:47 PM

Great wildlife image Sylvia, well captured..................

Tony.

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Gezina
Gezina e2 Member 8Gezina vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 9:49 PM

Yuk but a wonderful wildlife shot - also I was well impressed by how you knew how far you're off the subject - blooming clever stuff this tecnology isn't it - Ina
PS I think if I used that exif data on the owl shots it would only confirm what I already knew and come up with a "tooooooo far away box" Wink

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Dinney
Dinney e2 Member 6Dinney vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2012 - 5:28 PM

Excellent shot Sylvia, great timing.Looks like the best bit to meTongue
Kev

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24 Jan 2012 - 10:54 PM

A tremendous image showing nature in the raw

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