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Hi all,

This picture is exactly what the title says. In February i visited a great place near Rotorua, where they are rehabilitating New Zealand Falcon. Most native NZ birds are endangered as they evolved with no natural predators, so when humans arrived with rats cats and other mammals, new zealands birds got nailed.

the place i visited is called Wingspan, and is dedicated to researching and conserving NZ's native raptors: falcon, morepork (little owl) and the australasian harrier hawk.

these taxidermised birds are the falcons prey, and are used for research.

Any comments would be appreciated.

Leary

Camera:Pentax K10D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Pentax 18-55 kit
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Falcons Prey
Username:Leary Leary
Uploaded:12 Jun 2008 - 2:02 PM
Tags:Bellbird, Birds, Falcon prey, Kakariki, Mohua, New zealand, Photo journalism, Raptor, Sam o'leary, Wildlife / nature
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Newtman
Newtman  85 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2008 - 2:50 PM

This is a very interesting shot, especially with the written information that you give. Personally I would have chosen a higher angle looking down on the birds, which would have brought more of them into focus. I would either have had the camera tripod mounted, or would have used flash, in both cases so that I could have chosen a smaller aperture and extended the depth of field. I would also have presented the image in portrait rather than landscape format, so that the beaks were on the right.

It is a very successful image though, in that it leaves me wanting to know more.

David

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LauraFerreira
12 Jun 2008 - 2:51 PM

reminds me of a war photo, all the bodies lined up

great shot!

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petet410  6 Equatorial Guinea
12 Jun 2008 - 3:30 PM

Mans footprint around the world has and continues to be an ecological disaster. Mina - birds are another major issue in the tropics exported from india by the Brits and when they finished eating the insects they were imported for ..continued eating the native birds. we don't learn
Peter

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ketch e2 Member 6770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2008 - 10:14 PM

Good storytelling and thought provoking too - as for the shot it is good but I do agree a higher pov might have had more impact and allowed more detail.

Best

Robert

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