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Good day to you all. I am feeling a lot better today especially after a relatively good night's sleep.

Thanks to all of you who so kindly took the opportunity to view, comment and vote on my 'Still Life' images yesterday with a further mention going Wiliamsloan (Willie) and Myrab (Myra) for their most appreciated User Awards.

Todays uploads were captured only the other day whilst taking a stroll down the land close to where I live. I have never managed to photograph a Kestrel, so I was quite delighted to have this opportunity. Although the quality is not as good as it could be because my heart was pumping like a steam train with excitement, one can still enjoy.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day, for me who knows...

Regards as always Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:Sigma150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Sep 2013 - 5:52 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.2
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:'K' is for Kestrel
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:25 Sep 2013 - 6:42 AM
Tags:Bird of prey, Inflight, Kestrel, Perched, Wildlife / nature
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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 6:54 AM

Lovely image of a beautiful bird.GrinGrin Peter.

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 7:00 AM

Is always great when you capture something as beautiful as a Kestrel, even better when you nail the shots like you have here.........John

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 7:01 AM

Fabulous captures, Nathan, with a great catchlight in the eye in V.1. Hope today is kind to you. Carol

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ColleenA
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25 Sep 2013 - 7:01 AM

Great images Nathan...now you know how my heart pumps when I see the Big 5 in the wild and need to think of settings and holding the camera stillGrinGrinGrinGrin....a really beautiful bird, love the daigonal line in V1 and the flight shots are excellent

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pentaxpatty
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25 Sep 2013 - 7:06 AM

Wonderful views Nathan. The bird in flight is my favourite. How lucky to see such a thing of beauty. Best wishes Patricia
GrinGrin

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Caziwinkles
25 Sep 2013 - 7:15 AM

Great images Nathan - I find birds one of the hardest to capture - you have done well. Smile

Carol

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SUE118
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25 Sep 2013 - 7:19 AM

B & C is for beautiful capture's.SmileSmile

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kathrynlouise
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25 Sep 2013 - 7:21 AM

Wonderful images Nathan, I agree with Carol, I too find birds the hardest to photograph Grin

Kathryn

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 7:21 AM

Good to open the arteries Smile Smile Smile

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Swarnadip
Swarnadip  3 Canada
25 Sep 2013 - 7:23 AM

Nice Shots; No 1 looks slight out of focus

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
25 Sep 2013 - 7:39 AM

Lovely images Nathan !

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Skeet1Away
Skeet1Away e2 Member 342 forum postsSkeet1Away vcard Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 7:47 AM

Nathan, nice little set mate, love v3 and v4, I think some birds are just best caught in flight this be one........well done.

Paul.

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 7:55 AM

Great set of images Nathan V3 and V4 are my favorites great in flight capturesSmile


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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 8:17 AM

Fabulous set of images Nathan

Hugh

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 - 8:34 AM

Great set, V3 for me Smile

Eileen

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 9:00 AM

What a lovely set of kestrel images! I like the clever title and the last two even more.

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
25 Sep 2013 - 9:04 AM

I think they are fine - I like his little eye and claws!! Glad you feel better.Sad

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Danny1970
Danny1970 e2 Member 1Danny1970 vcard United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 - 9:24 AM

A nice set Nathan, I haven't seen mant Kestrels recently.....I lose count of the number of Buzzards I see every day on my travels up here in North WalesSmile

Danny

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 - 9:38 AM

Fabulous set of images Nathan. I find birds extremely difficult to capture especially inflight. Glad your feeling a lot better today
Jim

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
25 Sep 2013 - 9:40 AM

Short rest and again to hunt!Smile
Good set, Nathan!Smile
Regards Valery

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sparrowhawk
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25 Sep 2013 - 9:51 AM

wonderful set but sadly this beautiful creature is on the decline from what i gather from the RSPB

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WesternRed
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25 Sep 2013 - 10:08 AM

A nice set with V4 my pick. Well done Nathan.
WesternRed.

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franken
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25 Sep 2013 - 10:15 AM

A really fine set here Nathan.

Ken

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 10:31 AM

I hope the heartrate has steadied Nathan - a wonderful bird to capture especially in flight.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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rontear
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25 Sep 2013 - 10:38 AM

Somewhat soft Nathan, but with a lens such as yours difficult !!
Ron

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digital_boi
25 Sep 2013 - 10:44 AM

they do not usually hang about to be photographed so well done for that and two fine BIF captures to finish it all off good work

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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achieverswales
25 Sep 2013 - 11:08 AM

It is always the case when you get excited Nathan! Your heart starts pounding, but you have the photos of this very beautiful bird.

Regards

Trev.

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lonely_oryx
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25 Sep 2013 - 11:25 AM

V4 for me. Glad you are feeling better

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 - 12:06 PM

So lovely to see and shoot a kestrel! Wonderful shots, specially the ones in flight! WOW!
Lovely images...IB

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mikbee
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25 Sep 2013 - 12:10 PM

I have always said Nathan,
that ''some shot is better than no shot'',
and especially as it is a first sighting of a subject !!
Well done here in your excitement.
Mick.

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SiHunt_GrafficSnapZ

Very Klever Knathan. Si.

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 12:30 PM

... and in flight too, and it must have been really exciting to captureSmile

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EMJAYCEE
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25 Sep 2013 - 1:29 PM

The more I look the more I appreciate this Nathan - Smile
Joan.

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Daisymaye
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25 Sep 2013 - 1:52 PM

Glad you're feeling better. And had the chance to capture these super images......Sandy

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TrevBatWCC
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25 Sep 2013 - 2:30 PM

Yes, any shot is better than none at all. I have many far from perfect shots, but always keep them as they've captured the moment. And lucky you to have seen this - let alone capture several shots - we don't get to see birds like this around here Sad Well done, Nathan Wink
Glad to hear you're feeling perkier today, too! Smile
Trev Smile

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 2:59 PM

You are right Nathan, it is so exciting capturing on camera these wonderful birds and you have managed it very well.

Ray

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ali63
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25 Sep 2013 - 3:44 PM

Beautiful captures Nathan,

Ali SmileSmile

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2013 - 4:08 PM

A good record of the experience Nathan!! Not 1 but 4!!

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netta1234
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25 Sep 2013 - 5:05 PM

A great set Nathen
NettaSmileSmileSmileSmile

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Mike_Smith
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25 Sep 2013 - 5:37 PM

Hi Nathan, great set of shots, i like the in flight ones best

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25 Sep 2013 - 5:43 PM

An exciting moment indeed Nathan, great to have such an opportunity. V1 and V3 for me, and very glad to here you're feeling much better.

John Smile

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25 Sep 2013 - 5:45 PM

A splendid set & esp. love V1
Ju

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capto
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25 Sep 2013 - 6:14 PM

The inflight shots for me as I'm rubbish at them.Smile

ivor

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25 Sep 2013 - 6:38 PM

Well taken, Nathan. Especially like the in-flight shots.

Lavina

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25 Sep 2013 - 6:47 PM

A super capture, Nathan, like the diagonal presentation, adds to the composition nicely.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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25 Sep 2013 - 7:01 PM

Don't really know what to say.

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25 Sep 2013 - 8:14 PM

Great captures Nathan.

Jenny Smile

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25 Sep 2013 - 8:15 PM

A great effort at the most difficult of subjects! not the sharpest of images but given the lens and difficulty of getting anything at all a top effort Nathan!!,,, Ian

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25 Sep 2013 - 9:13 PM

Beautiful captures Nathan!
George

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25 Sep 2013 - 9:38 PM

Lovely set Nathan. You must be so pleased. Cathy

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25 Sep 2013 - 10:48 PM

V1 for me Nathan, so soft and sweet. keep up the good work!Smile

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26 Sep 2013 - 4:23 AM

Lovely V 3 & 4.

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26 Sep 2013 - 4:53 AM

nice shot of a lovely Bird..........keep it up...

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trevrob e2 Member 1trevrob vcard United Kingdom
26 Sep 2013 - 5:17 PM

lovely set of captures Nathan

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27 Sep 2013 - 12:02 AM

Beautiful captures
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tonyguitar
2 Oct 2013 - 7:45 PM

You reached out at the extreme long end of your Sigma zoom and
got the true nature of the Kestrel. My odds are much lower
at the outer edge like this. A tough challenge with a Sigma. TG

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
13 Oct 2013 - 9:09 PM

Awesome set of images, loved the flying ones.
M

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