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A Merlin (Falco columbarius) perching on flowering gorse. Taken in Northumberland, in open countryside, earlier this week. The birds were handled by a falconer. Unfortunately, due to the high winds, it was impossible to allow the birds to fly, so instead of the hoped for in-flight action shots we had to be content with them sitting pretty Wink A stunning experience though.

Many thanks for your support of my Wisteria upload - always much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:11 Jun 2013 - 1:08 PM
Focal Length:500mm taken 9m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Merlin on Gorse
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:14 Jun 2013 - 5:17 PM
Tags:Bird of prey, Falco columbarius, Flowering, Gorse, Merlin, Northumberland, Pets / captive animals, Seahouses, Sitting pretty, Wildlife, Yellow
Votes:53

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baker58
baker58  11101 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 - 5:20 PM

Pin sharp and great dof.

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2013 - 5:20 PM

Stunning Sylvia, ticks al my boxes.

David

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2013 - 5:29 PM

Absolutely fantastic, Sylvia. Carol

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Granddad
Granddad e2 Member 7Granddad vcard United Kingdom
14 Jun 2013 - 5:33 PM

Tack sharp and lovely colours.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2013 - 6:42 PM

Absolutley stunning shot. Sharp and superbly exposed --- and what a perch!!! GrinGrinGrin..One of my favourite little raptors and never seen better.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
14 Jun 2013 - 6:45 PM

Superb Smile

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2013 - 6:48 PM

Absolutely gorgeous Sylvia.

Trev

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2013 - 6:58 PM

Wow what a beautiful image, great capture

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2013 - 8:18 PM

Very pleased to make this fine capture 30 Sylvia
Richard

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2013 - 8:59 PM

Cracking Image!!

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2013 - 9:24 PM

Superb nature photography Sylvia, a gorgeous image.
David

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2013 - 4:26 PM

A terrific image of this majestic bird sat on top of a gorse bush, I like the colourful surroundings

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Goodley
Goodley  4 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 - 4:44 PM

Love the shot,And what a great background,
kev.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2013 - 7:39 PM

Top drawer Sylvia

Adrian

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2013 - 8:24 PM

Superbly detailed Sylvia - a wonderful perch and bg for the Merlin. Shame about the non flying.
Brian.

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PhilSingleton
PhilSingleton e2 Member 2PhilSingleton vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 10:16 AM

Lovely image of this gorgeous bird Sylvia.

Phil.

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Myathebirdwatcher999
Myathebirdwatcher999 Junior Member 1 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 - 6:08 PM

Fantastic photo!

MyaGrin

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ninpo135
ninpo135 e2 Member 1ninpo135 vcard United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 - 9:56 PM

fantastic capture sylvia.Smile

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