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Hi everyone, I had a great break but unfortunately came back to a pile of problems. For one, probable redundancy and another being locked out of my own home and the expense of emergency locksmiths. Not a good start. Anyway enough waffle.

I have always wanted to capture a Kestrel hovering but I'm never in the right place at the right time. These are not great shots and have many faults but I was quite pleased just to get them. They are literaturely grab shots, handheld, as the Kestrel only hovers for roughly 10 secs before repositioning or diving so I took the chance they wouldn't be too bad. She did dive as the second shot shows but there is a lot of motion blur, she was so quick, gone in a flash. I didn't see what it was she had caught but probably a vole or chick.
I hope you like them despite the flaws.
Have a great weekend, I have to work, but maybe it will be my last for a while, who knows, I will find out next week.

Best wishes,
Steve.

Please improve them if you can, mods are always welcome as my PS skills are not great.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:sigma 150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Hunting Kestrel
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:19 Jun 2010 - 10:24 AM
Tags:Bird of prey, Hunting, Kestrel, Raptor, Wildlife / nature
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andymark
andymark  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 10:44 AM

thay are so beautiful and amazing

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Excellent capture Steve - well done

Chris

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 10:48 AM

Some really good detail in V1. Love the light through those wing feathers you captured. What a shape achieved in V2! Well done capturing 2 such good shots of the rapid action! So sorry to learn about the problems. Such a worrying time for so many. Do, please, let us know what happens next week re the job.

Ann

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 10:56 AM

Hi Steve, nice to see you back, sorry about your news. Hope there are new opportunities on the horizon.

The kestral shots are so very impressive, great action

Linda

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patspeirs  7 Scotland
19 Jun 2010 - 10:59 AM

Impressive action capture v1 particularly good. Hope your fears are unfounded.
Pat

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HobbitDave
19 Jun 2010 - 11:06 AM

Wow, v.1 is awesome Steve, lovely light in his wings too. v.2 is pretty unique. Timing of that one is wonderful to get such an unusual shot. At the rate they plummet downwards I wouldn't give much chance for the poor vole or whatever...Cracking duo.
Dave.

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 11:22 AM

Love the light through the wings in the hover shot - good luck with all the problems hope things sort out in your favour - regards Ina

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 11:23 AM

Two superb images Steve, both very well timed and captured. I hope all goes well on the job front and the news is good, fingers crossed for you.

Hugh

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franken e2 Member 113103 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 11:32 AM

Love ver 1.

Ken

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hammihamster
19 Jun 2010 - 11:36 AM

great shot love the wing detail

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Gray_ina  6
19 Jun 2010 - 11:39 AM

Hi Steve talking to Ina very sorry to hear about problems, Ive been to the very bottom, It turned out to be best ever happened to me chin up mate now to shots totally love them 4 chicks I have been watching getting ready to fledge and parents conpletely vanished sad to say regards gray,

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SoulOfNature
19 Jun 2010 - 2:12 PM

Two brilliant shots Steve . love V1 ....hope things pick up for you M8 .

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 2:19 PM

Two outstanding captures Wonderful inflight detail.
CArol

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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
19 Jun 2010 - 2:54 PM

two excellent well taken shots spot on.
jj

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 3:15 PM

Two great captures Steve, very well done.
I hope your problems will soon be resolved.
Ron

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maggieh
maggieh  6 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2010 - 3:24 PM

Hand held and grab shots these may be but they demonstrate the concentration and then speed of this kestrel. Well caught.
maggie

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 3:56 PM

2cgems Steve

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Oliverpants
Oliverpants e2 Member 5Oliverpants vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 5:05 PM

Fabulous shots, hope things don't get any worse for you. Ann

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 5:18 PM

Great two shots, well timed
hope all gets sorted soon.
missed you! But what a comeback pair of photos
Lillian

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janty66
janty66  7 England
19 Jun 2010 - 8:11 PM

excellent capture...

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
19 Jun 2010 - 9:26 PM

These are both excellent Steve,especially V1.

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fatmod
fatmod  8 England
19 Jun 2010 - 9:50 PM

cracking shots

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2010 - 6:51 AM

Excellent captures - A slight mod just to bring out the shadow detail a little more - not very good at PS but a beautiful bird with the light on the wings - couldnt resist. Hope all goes well my friend some of us have been there and come back - chin up and positive - best regards, Ray

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fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2010 - 7:49 AM

Excellent and well timed captures.

Albert

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finepetportraits

A hovering kestrel is on my wish list too...so well done for getting these shots! Smile Fingers X for next week, hope everything turns out ok for you.

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
20 Jun 2010 - 10:20 AM

2 Fantastic shots Steve, ive been unable to get one for years.
Hope your keeping your chins up.
Brian

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OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2010 - 11:54 AM

Superb captures Steve, love V1 but the timming in V2 is spot on, very well done indeed.
Shaun

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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2010 - 12:53 PM

Excellently timed shots, good anticipation.
I hope that everything works out for you and that all of your bad luck was used up by these recent incidents.
Brian

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LukeParkinson
20 Jun 2010 - 9:32 PM

Very good Steve. Well done

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photophantom
21 Jun 2010 - 10:27 AM

brilliant shots
Dennis

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2010 - 12:00 PM

Great capture!
Kaleena

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Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
21 Jun 2010 - 1:31 PM

Two superbly timed captures, Steve.
Roy

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dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
21 Jun 2010 - 3:23 PM

remarkable captures

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Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2010 - 5:58 PM

Remarkable shots.

Rock

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2010 - 11:53 AM

Two very good shots, well taken.
peter

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Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2010 - 3:47 PM

Two very impressive shots Steve. Wow I am so amazed at your Pf. I will go back to my dreams now. Take care.
Regards
Ann

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maratsuikka
24 Jun 2010 - 7:42 PM

SUPERB STEVE

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25 Jun 2010 - 9:05 PM

Two great captures Steve, hope all is working out ok for you.
Vanda

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