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This bird was confiscated out of a parrot cage. He gets tired and sits on his haunches a lot and have never learned to hunt. I like V2 best, but seeing I cut off a small piece of his head I put it as a variant - just wanted to share those eyes Smile
Thank you so much for every vote and comment on the dead tree images and a special big thanx to George for his treasured UA !!
Have a great summer's day - here it is freezing and raining Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Lens:4.3 - 215.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24.0 - 1200.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Jun 2013 - 9:59 AM
Focal Length:37.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Greater Kestrel
Username:Hermanus Hermanus
Uploaded:7 Aug 2013 - 4:50 AM
Tags:Greater Kestrel, Pietermaritzbug Birds of Prey Sanctuary, Wildlife / nature
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Voters:handlerstudio · S_Psharma · WesternRed · CarolG · Daisymaye · Mrsbass · Diggeo · bobsblues · ugly · silverfoxey · cats_123 · Andysnapper · fentiger · dven · RobertTurley · anglingandyq · Rock · NaturesHaven · andylea · SUE118 · RonnieAG · widtink · NDODS · cjl47 · M_squared · nonur · barbarahirst · Derek_Fearn · netta1234 · Badgerfred · User_Removed · CHRISB911 · DeSilver · pks · Mike_Reid · marshfam19 · rayme330 · EileenH · Arty · scrimmy · morpheus1955 · leontari · EMJAYCEE · ali63 · PhilT2 · HarrietH · HSTONEY222 · mikbee · lonely_oryx · Nikonuser1 · Tish1 · DicksPics · AnnJ · fificat100 · digital_boi · Lillian · longhoss · annettep38 · AlexAppleby · SammyRatFan · Lynniesefforts · luckybry · Rende · Holmewood · GeorgePlatis · Potra · banehawi · feefeepootle · JuBarney · ValeryAst · Bzox · CaroleS · Sreidser08 · ColleenA · capto · Philip_H · myrab · LynneJoyce · jamesmoorephotography · jasonrwl · Brian65 · ValSaxby · maggietear · kuvailija · termite53 · xwang · 213hardy · Richard Hovland · BIGRY1 · jovanovic · Ayoob · Kurde · gwynn56 ·
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handlerstudio
handlerstudio Plus Member 3handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 4:59 AM

I love V2 Herman. What an intense look. What do you know? A raptor that does not hunt. A very wonderful looking bird, well captured.

Not so hot the last few days......but it has been.

Peter

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 5:35 AM

V2 is anoutstandingimage very beautifully captured.

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WesternRed
WesternRed Plus Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
7 Aug 2013 - 5:36 AM

I like V1 for the matching background but I have to go for V2 with those eyes. Well done Herman.
WesternRed.

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8184 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 5:37 AM

Two wonderful images, Herman, what a beautiful bird, love the eyes in V.2. Carol

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 5:49 AM

Both great images Herman. In V2 he looks angry with you.......Sandy

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ukgubbi Plus Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
7 Aug 2013 - 5:59 AM

both are equally good. nice capture

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 6:05 AM

Love v2 Herman - what an expression! Superb pair of images.

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Diggeo
Diggeo  2 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 6:06 AM

Lovely imges Hermman. I like V2!!

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bobsblues
bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 6:20 AM

Two great images Herman love the detail in V2.Smile
Rob

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silverfoxey
7 Aug 2013 - 6:39 AM

Great raptor and two super images of this bird Herman. Like them both, well taken. James Wink

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cats_123 Plus Member 114305 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 6:43 AM

V2 today... one serious stare!GrinGrin

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper Plus Member 6109 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England25 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 6:44 AM

That's excellent Herman, great shot of a handsome bird.

Andy

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fentiger
fentiger Plus Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 6:50 AM

A vote for No. 2 ~ they do look fierce head on.

Albert

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise Plus Member 3421 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 7:08 AM

V2 for me Herman. Jeepers it looks one angry bird Tongue
Fabulous capture.

Kathryn

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anglingandyq
anglingandyq Plus Member 2anglingandyq vcard England
7 Aug 2013 - 7:24 AM

Great images Herman and your right abouut the eyesSmile

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 7:41 AM

V2 is a beauty Herman................... now that's a seriously mean look SmileSmile

Rod

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NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 43921 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom108 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 7:42 AM

Two very well captured images Herman, however I am like many I am sure who would love to see birds being captured in their own natural environment and not on display like dolls in a shop window...

Regards Nathan

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M_squared
M_squared Plus Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
7 Aug 2013 - 7:52 AM

Two great images.

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nonur
nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 7:53 AM

Great shots, Herman. V2 is more impressive and I like it even better.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 7:54 AM

Those wings in V 1 are so big
Some bird to see in flight I think
Both images are great

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netta1234
netta1234 Plus Member 3236 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 8:04 AM

Two great detailed imagesSmile
NettaSmile

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
7 Aug 2013 - 8:07 AM

Pleased to make it 30 Herman, love the eye contact in V2,
Fred.

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User_Removed
7 Aug 2013 - 8:13 AM

🐦👍😃

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CHRISB911
CHRISB911  954 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 8:14 AM

a magnificent specimen

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Mike_Reid
Mike_Reid  745 forum posts Scotland
7 Aug 2013 - 8:48 AM

V2 Herman steely stare
MikeSmile

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rayme330
rayme330 Plus Member 3rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 8:58 AM

V2 for me today of this lovely looking bird, Herman.

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2013 - 9:15 AM

Two beautiful captures 🐦😊

Eileen

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morpheus1955
7 Aug 2013 - 9:45 AM

Two superb images Herman, fabulous colours and excellent detail, has to be V2 as my favorite

Hugh

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leontari
leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
7 Aug 2013 - 9:52 AM

Two excellently detailed images Herman. I love the eye contact of V2.
Effrossini

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 9:58 AM

Oh V2 is super Herman with the eyes! And I love the wings in V1. Both deserve a vote.
Joan.

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ali63
ali63 Plus Member 3658 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 10:04 AM

2 lovely images, those eyes!! are superb, enjoy your day Herman,
Ali SmileSmile

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PhilT2
PhilT2 Plus Member 5120 forum postsPhilT2 vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 10:09 AM

Great detail in both shots. Excellent

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sparrowhawk
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7 Aug 2013 - 10:12 AM

gorgeous shots and love that stare in v2

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mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 11:16 AM

Despite the cut off,
I prefer V2 Herman !!
Fine shots.
Mick.

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lonely_oryx
7 Aug 2013 - 11:17 AM

I like the pose in V1 and the stare in V2

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 Plus Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 11:21 AM

Again two super images Herman, V2 for me today, as you say it's those eyesSmile


Cliff

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Tish1
Tish1 Plus Member 2Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 11:22 AM

I love V2 also Herman, not much of his head is missing, but judging by his expression, it must have really hurt GrinGrinGrin

I love Kestrels, we have quite a few of them hovering over the motor ways for some reason, they are so majestic in flight and such precise hunters.

Tish

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DicksPics
DicksPics Plus Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 11:25 AM

Wow, Herman!!
Two beauties you've posted here!
I just love the moody guy in V2!!SmileSmile

Richard

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fificat100
7 Aug 2013 - 11:37 AM

Beauties. V2 takes my vote
Lavina

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digital_boi
7 Aug 2013 - 11:46 AM

great detail and eye contact in V2 Herman fine capture

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 11:47 AM

Has to be V1 for me..such details
both wonderful Herman
Lillian

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longhoss
longhoss Plus Member 5longhoss vcard United Kingdom
7 Aug 2013 - 11:48 AM

Great bird Herman
Glyn

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annettep38
annettep38 Plus Member 3191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 12:14 PM

cut or not, I love v2, the magic eyes and the beautiful plumage are very appealing to me.

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Lynniesefforts
7 Aug 2013 - 12:49 PM

V2 is just stunning Herman, they eyes have it GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

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Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 1:22 PM

Beautiful pose in V1 and excellent detail in V2 Herman.
Rende

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Holmewood Plus Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
7 Aug 2013 - 1:41 PM

Great shots Herman. Love the look in his eye in V2. Cathy

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7 Aug 2013 - 2:43 PM

Excellent captures, especially V2 !
George

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Potra
Potra Plus Member 2Potra vcard Venezuela
7 Aug 2013 - 4:42 PM

OH! V2 for me! This bird is magnificent.
M

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 101129 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3118 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 5:00 PM

V2 is by far the better of the two Herman. It does need a little work to bring out the best in it, especially to reduce the slight lightness on the left side.



Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean, and Im sure you can see why its the better shot.


Regards



Willie

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JuBarney Plus Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 5:46 PM

Two super shots but esp. love V2
Ju

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
7 Aug 2013 - 6:02 PM

I like both pictures, Herman! Each of them is very interestingSmile
Regards Valery

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ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 2270 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 6:33 PM

Evening Herman, so nice to be home but brrrrr its cold, my tan will fade fast.
2 lovely images and a very sad story, so glad he was rescued....

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capto Plus Member 32231 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 6:39 PM

V2 for me, very intense gaze.Smile

ivor

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myrab
myrab Plus Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
7 Aug 2013 - 7:31 PM

Both good images but v2 is just perfect.

Myra

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7 Aug 2013 - 7:31 PM

Sorry to hear about your weather ...lovely and sunny here SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile at the moment............

two nice images Herman

David

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce Plus Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 7:50 PM

Ooooooooooh Herman, I think I'm in love (with this gorgeous raptor of course). V2 is extra special.

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jasonrwl Plus Member 5546 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 8:16 PM

He's a beauty Herman and I prefer v2 too.
Jason

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Brian65 Plus Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
7 Aug 2013 - 8:42 PM

2 great shots Herman, love V2, spot on!
Brian

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kuvailija
kuvailija Plus Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
7 Aug 2013 - 9:31 PM

Oh what a bird , Herman! A great image in many meanings!GrinGrinGrinGrin ---- Jukka.

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2013 - 10:13 PM

V1 is excellent capture, i do love V2...Grin

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