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Luckily I had my camera to hand when this sparrow hawk nipped in to frame whilst I was photographing some birds on my patio. Somehow the Starling survived this ordeal and flew off very quickly...

I am new to this website and photography so would appreciate any comments, good or bad.

Thank you

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Apr 2009 - 2:18 PM
Focal Length:49.8mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Got Ya!
Username:Derek_Fearn Derek_Fearn
Uploaded:11 Sep 2011 - 11:12 AM
Tags:Bird nature wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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HeathMcDonald
11 Sep 2011 - 11:19 AM

Welcome and an excellent introduction. Very rarely do we get an opportunity to catch this kind of action, usually all over before we get hold of the camera. A great start to photography.Grin

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2011 - 11:28 AM

Wow - certainly an incredible moment. A nice shot, slightly soft but you could sharpen this with a touch of editing, colours are a bit muted, have you tried tweaking up the contrast a little to really bring out the details? Welcome to the site Derek, hope you end up enjoying it and learning from it as much as I do. - Jude

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Misteree
Misteree  7 Australia
11 Sep 2011 - 11:32 AM

A great capture of nature at work.

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MysterE
MysterE  4 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2011 - 11:53 AM

You jammy devil, have been waiting years for a shot like that, but nothing. Could enhance the colouring just a little, but otherwise a little cracker.

Colin

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2011 - 12:42 PM

Its a great record of raw nature at its best, well done on getting the shot.
I wonder did you take the photo through glass, your window or patio door, because that would explain some of the reason there is a lack of contrast and colour to the image. None the less it is a superb capture with great detail, welcome to E.P.Z.................

Tony.

Last Modified By norton at 11 Sep 2011 - 12:42 PM

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alansnap e2 Member 10528 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2011 - 2:42 PM

Welcome to the site, I hope you enjoy the experience, and I'm sure you will. An excellent grab shot where the drama offsets the slight lack of sharpness.
Alan

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tedtoop
tedtoop e2 Member 3tedtoop vcard United Kingdom
11 Sep 2011 - 7:17 PM

Could have been a little sharper, but you don't have chance to fiddle about when you are presented with this oportunity.

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
19 Jul 2012 - 3:11 PM

It is rare to see such an action ... Great shot, although I feel very sorry for this starling ...

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Wendyp
Wendyp  2 England
21 Jul 2012 - 3:02 PM

Brilliant shot and well spotted.

Wendy

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
22 Jul 2012 - 10:35 AM

Unusual to say the least that the starling is still alive! normally they are dead on impact, great shot best I have seen for a long time, regards Leon. welcome to EPZ have fun.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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netta1234
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26 Jul 2012 - 8:30 AM

Great timing for a brilliant shot
Netta

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Norfolkboy
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29 Jul 2012 - 8:29 AM

Great capture.
Colin

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bobhowell
bobhowell e2 Member 1bobhowell vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 9:02 PM

Smile Lovely photo and great image- glad he got away! .

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
29 Dec 2012 - 1:42 PM

Would like to see some more of your photo's even if this one is hard to follow, hope you had a good Christmas, wishing you a happy new year, regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Hermanus  2 South Africa
17 Jan 2013 - 7:41 AM

This is an excellent photo !! Very well captured !Grin

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willgriffiths
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24 Jan 2013 - 5:01 PM

Brilliant spot on. Will

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 8:56 AM

Very nice timing...

Well done..

Dave

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4 Feb 2013 - 9:18 AM

Super capture.
Alf.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 10:00 AM

Certainly good timing with this one
Regards Richard

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2013 - 2:58 PM

Great image, welcome to EPZ, i hope you pick up lots of tips ,SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
above all have fun!!!
Ali GrinGrinGrin

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
4 Feb 2013 - 3:31 PM

WOW! thats superb, once in a lifetime shot Derek. Well captured.
Brian

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 6:13 AM

Thanks for your comment and vote on my upload Derek!
You have me confused! You put up such a wonderful capture as this, which many a wildlife photographer would be very happy to have in his portfolio, you get many positive responses, then you disappear for over a year! Hope you're back with us permanently this time, and looking forward to seeing what your shooting these days.
Rgds., Jim

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footloose
footloose  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 10:41 AM

Brutal nature, great shot.
Dennis

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Richard_OSullivan

wow .. now thats being in the right place at the right time Smile

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mbc2151
mbc2151  4 United States
8 Feb 2013 - 1:13 AM

Terrific capture+++

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User_Removed
9 Feb 2013 - 8:36 AM

Wow......,,, that's some capture, outstanding.

Lucien.

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10 Feb 2013 - 9:19 AM

Great timing!
Excellent!

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2013 - 7:52 PM

Remarkable image and great timing on your part. I spend a great amount of time making sure the local Sparrowhawk doesn't get to feature in images such as this but can only admire your ability in capturing this.

Ann

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tonyng e2 Member 4tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 10:18 AM

Welcome back Derek.Smile

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 12:24 PM

Welcome! A superb, opportune capture. Well done! Am glad the Starling escaped though! Look forward to seeing more of your shots SmileSmile

Lavina

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13 Feb 2013 - 4:34 PM

Welcome to the site. Well done on an excellent photo Grin

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Maiwand
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13 Feb 2013 - 8:06 PM

You have done so well to get this shot. Slightly soft on focus which I would say is almost certainly due to the excitement of the moment and thats something most of us would be prone to. Under the circumstances I would not dream of criticising.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

nb. Welcome to the site.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 9:11 PM

Wow excellent capture,well done..Lin

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17 Feb 2013 - 1:57 PM

Brilliant capture.

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Humblebee
Humblebee  2 England
17 Feb 2013 - 5:48 PM

An amazing capture, wildlife in reality, look forward to seeing lots more of your images ... Carol Grin

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RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 7RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 12:41 PM

Awesome capture! Even the slight softness adds a certain old world charm. Welcome to epz.

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jasonrwl
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20 Feb 2013 - 8:12 AM

Cracking capture Derek - very well done
Jason

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HuddersfieldHil e2 Member 1HuddersfieldHil vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2013 - 5:49 PM

Fantastic shot Derek but glad the starling escapedSmile

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27 Feb 2013 - 3:49 PM

Fantastic capture here.
Gary

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Shotover
Shotover  1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 - 10:01 PM

What can I say. Right place, right time. and quick response. Not the perfect shot technically, but then you know that. Smaal price to pay for such a great opportunity. Congrats-Bob

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84270 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2013 - 8:01 AM

Wow! Right place, right time, WITH camera - that doesn't happen very often!! Smile

A brilliant capture!

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19 Jan 2014 - 9:28 PM

Cracking image, well captured.
Cheesey.

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