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Having just dined on fresh pigeon this female cleaned her beak on the long grass and then let her dinner go down with a 30 minute rest which she needed after being harassed by the smaller male who was also hungry. These two birds rarely get within camera range so the picture is NOT what I would like to get, using a 300-800mm Sigmonster at 800mm with a 1.4 extender this is as good as it gets (with me at the controls), any advice on how to improve these shots over a distance of several hundred feet would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks to all who have voted and commented/advised on my pictures since joining EPZ are very much appreciated, I have learned a great deal from this warm and friendly community, again thanks to all.
Cheer up, spring is here bringing with it many photo opportunities, we may soon be able to discard a layer or two.
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Cal

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:0.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 0.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Apr 2013 - 2:13 PM
Focal Length:1120mm
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:-5/3
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Unknown (93)
Title:Peregrine Falcon
Username:callaby callaby
Uploaded:16 Apr 2013 - 7:53 AM
Tags:Falcon, Female, Hungry, Peregrine, Wildlife / nature
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2013 - 8:04 AM

Hey Cal, a great image.....now I may not know my ducklings from my goslingsBlushBlush but do know a lot about Peregrine falcons as an ex boyfriend from years ago was a falconer and I was active in the sport for many years. I did have to get used to dead pigeons in my fridge for his food for days when he didnt fly. GrinGrinGrin

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callaby
callaby  1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 - 8:12 AM

I hope you weren't offended by my remark Colleen, just pulling your leg. I have always had a liking for raptors, all of them, so I can't possibly understand why this former boyfriend is an EX, sounds a good guy to me.

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2013 - 9:47 AM

Fantastic to see them flying Free Cal, superb images...John

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2013 - 10:15 AM

Nature captured at it's best Cal
a rare sight in the wild to of witnessed
beautiful both of them
Lillian

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mrjes
mrjes  11 United States
16 Apr 2013 - 10:37 AM

A wonderful image that truly shows the great bird in his natural habitat. How well camouflaged he is too!

Sam

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 - 10:51 AM

Superb result in extreme conditions. Well captured.

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anglingandyq
anglingandyq e2 Member 1anglingandyq vcard England
16 Apr 2013 - 9:32 PM

Great capture of a beautiful bird Smile

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