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Today a Merlin from my Welshpool workshop. Probably the prettiest raptor in the UK (IMHO) and certainly very photogenic.

Thanks for all the attention in 2012, very much appreciated, especially JuBarney for the UA on the Christmas message

As always all comments. clicks and critiques welcome

David

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Nov 2012 - 1:32 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1250
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Merlin (C)
Username:johnjo58 johnjo58
Uploaded:27 Dec 2012 - 6:25 PM
Tags:Merlin, Wildlife / nature
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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 3christinecilia vcard England
27 Dec 2012 - 6:27 PM

beautiful photo lovely and sharp well done. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Mike_S
Mike_S e2 Member 3Mike_S vcard United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 - 6:27 PM

Stunning image.

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 6:29 PM

If this don't get at least a GEA i'll eat my hat !! SUPERB mate, bloody SUPERB Wink

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senn
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27 Dec 2012 - 6:30 PM

.. a masterpiece !, David

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mikejmb
mikejmb e2 Member 7mikejmb vcard United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 - 6:33 PM

What a superb shot, fantastic.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 6:35 PM

excellent capture, great detail..

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scottchappell
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27 Dec 2012 - 6:36 PM

Amazing detail

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jacques st-jean
jacques st-jean e2 Member 10jacques st-jean vcard Canada
27 Dec 2012 - 6:40 PM

Perfect !!!

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tomcat
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27 Dec 2012 - 6:41 PM


Quote: If this don't get at least a GEA i'll eat my hat !! SUPERB mate, bloody SUPERB

I am afraid that this comment, has swayed me against my GEA














There again it is ChristmasWink

A first class image David, though I still lean toward the Kestrels


Might have had Dean thinking for a minuteGrin


Adrian

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Rev2
Rev2 e2 Member 4240 forum postsRev2 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 6:43 PM

Judging by the deformed bill this looks like a captive bird which degrades the photo by about 98%, only in my opinion of course but it would be good to have listed it as such.

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 6:44 PM


Quote: If this don't get at least a GEA i'll eat my hat !! SUPERB mate, bloody SUPERB

I am afraid that this comment, has swayed me against my GEA














There again it is ChristmasWink

A first class image David, though I still lean toward the Kestrels


Might have had Dean thinking for a minuteGrin


Adrian

Ha Ha .... Dean don't think Tongue You should know that by now Wink
Well done David.........Richly deserved mate Wink

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 6:49 PM

Superb detail,
Ali

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WindowonWildlife
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27 Dec 2012 - 6:49 PM


Quote: Judging by the deformed bill this looks like a captive bird which degrades the photo by about 98%, only in my opinion of course but it would be good to have listed it as such.

Read the intro, that might have given you the information you required !! " Today a Merlin from my Welshpool workshop " I've done it for you Smile save too much exercise !! 98% reduction for a captive bird ?? I don't think so..........Find one in the wild, like searching for rocking horse S**T !!

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HectorRivera
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27 Dec 2012 - 6:51 PM

Excellent colors

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Rev2
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27 Dec 2012 - 6:51 PM

I read the intro thanks Dean, I also read the tags. Bit of nepotism going on here. Happy New Year.

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Niknut
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27 Dec 2012 - 6:54 PM

Beautiful shot !!!!

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JuBarney
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27 Dec 2012 - 6:55 PM

Super shot
Ju

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RonnieAG
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27 Dec 2012 - 7:02 PM

Superb shot of this beautiful bird and an attractive setting.
Ronnie.

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mikepearce
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27 Dec 2012 - 7:02 PM

Superb capture with stunning detail

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 7:07 PM


Quote: I read the intro thanks Dean, I also read the tags. Bit of nepotism going on here. Happy New Year.

Damn we've been rumbled lad's !! David & Adrian are my long lost brothers SmileTongueWink Lol

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27 Dec 2012 - 7:17 PM

Stunning image, congrats on your awards well deserved. Grin
Martin..

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tomcat
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27 Dec 2012 - 7:42 PM

I not only knew where it had been taken, but I have been there on about three/four ocassions, but not recently - always with CherylWink

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Maiwand
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27 Dec 2012 - 7:59 PM

I don't really care where the shot was taken. I only know that it's a superb capture with quality focus and exposure.
Wish it was mine David,very envious.!!!GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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tonyng
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:04 PM

Great composition and shot brilliantly.

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johnjo58
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:04 PM

Wow overwhelmed by the response (and mildly amused my the banter).

Of course thanks to Adrian for the GEA, Dean and Martin for their UA.

All really appreciated, Happy New Year

David

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TonyDy
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:13 PM

Superb shot, David.
Tony

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Rev2
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:47 PM


Quote: Wow overwhelmed by the response (and mildly amused my the banter).



Me too. I have an award waiting for the next photo of a Budgerigar (or Canary) taken in natural surroundings. Pink or white feathers preferred and must have an obvious deformity (feet hidden to disguise the canker), missing feathers excepted. All cage bars must be photoshopped out and no mention of captivity in the tags please.

p.s. the last time I was in Machynlleth I stopped in a layby and lo and behold, above me was a rarer that you know what looking down at me. If only I had my camera, I could have secured at least 3 votes for a real life specimen!

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WindowonWildlife
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:51 PM


Quote: Wow overwhelmed by the response (and mildly amused my the banter).



Me too. I have an award waiting for the next photo of a Budgerigar (or Canary) taken in natural surroundings. Pink or white feathers preferred and must have an obvious deformity (feet hidden to disguise the canker), missing feathers excepted. All cage bars must be photoshopped out and no mention of captivity in the tags please.

p.s. the last time I was in Machynlleth I stopped in a layby and lo and behold, above me was a rarer that you know what looking down at me. If only I had my camera, I could have secured at least 3 votes for a real life specimen!

Lucky Bugger TongueWink Happy New Year Smile

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WindowonWildlife
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27 Dec 2012 - 8:54 PM

I love EPZ SmileTongueWink Some people are so Special Tongue

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vandalp
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27 Dec 2012 - 9:16 PM

Brillant capture, stunning detail.
Vanda

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michaelo
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27 Dec 2012 - 10:39 PM

A first class image!!!!!

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 11:11 PM

Superbly detailed and composed, David. Love the soft plumage textures and natural colours, with the bird so well isolated by the clean bg tones.
Sylvia

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Daisymaye
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27 Dec 2012 - 11:49 PM

Super beautiful image.......Sandy

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Norfolkboy
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28 Dec 2012 - 12:00 AM

A superb natural image, David.
Colin

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richmowil
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28 Dec 2012 - 12:01 AM

First Class image of this beautiful and small bird of prey. Great detail and clarity.

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Brian65
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28 Dec 2012 - 9:39 AM

Just PERFECT David, wish i had seen it yesterday it would have had my UA.
Brian

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SlowSong
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28 Dec 2012 - 10:32 AM

Absolutely beautiful.
x

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28 Dec 2012 - 8:03 PM

Congrats David - looks good to me.Smile
Brian.

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Karen_Summers
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28 Dec 2012 - 9:20 PM

beautiful bird and a lovely shot

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2 Jan 2013 - 10:18 PM

Stunning.

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