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Bon Appetit !

By teocali
A wild Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) doing what Kestrels do best! This one had caught a rodent, settled with its prey on a post 79.9m in front of the camera and, after disembowelling its prey, discarded the entrails.

PS. 10.15am I have just uploaded a V2 to illustrate what happens to this image if cropped in as suggested. IF ONLY the bird had settled close enough for a full frame capture ...but then they never do GrinGrinGrin

My thanks to everybody for their votes and generous comments on my Blue Tit upload. Very much appreciated as always.

Tags: Prey Feeding Rodent Entrails Kestrel Common Falco tinnunculus Wildlife and nature Disembowelling Papercourt meadows

Voters: Willmer, cantona43, Jocelia and 55 more

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Comments


Jocelia Plus
5 2 1 Australia
19 Jan 2012 12:32AM
Yuk….well done……..Jocelia

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cantona43 Plus
11 924 4 England
19 Jan 2012 12:32AM
what a super capture with wonderful detail
neil
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
19 Jan 2012 12:34AM
My immediate reaction too was "Yuk", just like Jocelia: but you have captured an aspect of it's feeding habits so effectively, Sylvia.
Ronnie.
19 Jan 2012 12:34AM
Brilliant capture.Well done..Lin
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
19 Jan 2012 12:40AM
Another superb capture Sylvia, if a little gruesome Smile Hope all is well.....

Ade
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
19 Jan 2012 12:42AM
A wonderful capture showing nature in the raw. - gary
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 1:37AM
Best on offer from nature! Good shot! IB
what an awesome capture,superb.
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 5:15AM
A natural moment wonderfully captured
David
posty57 8 6 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 5:29AM
It is now 5.28am and you have done wonders with my thoughts of breakfast Sad Superb capture and image. Wink

Barry
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
19 Jan 2012 6:21AM
Yukky, Sylvia, but a wonderful image Smile Carol
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 6:38AM
Excellent capture showing nature at its best .Rob
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 6:46AM
For me I would do a tighter crop...
I know that is a post and it has a lot of detail but it distracts from the bird...
So crop just under the bird and worm...
Then look at the balance and trim crop so it simlar to what you have.
As this image is balanced very well...
Love the colours and tones..
There a lot of detail..
A cracking image...
Well done...
Dave
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
19 Jan 2012 7:47AM

Quote:For me I would do a tighter crop...
I know that is a post and it has a lot of detail but it distracts from the bird...
So crop just under the bird and worm...
Then look at the balance and trim crop so it simlar to what you have.
As this image is balanced very well...
Love the colours and tones..
There a lot of detail..
A cracking image...
Well done...
Dave



I see where you are coming from, Dave and ideally I would have done a much tighter crop (or even more ideally would have liked to be much closer to the bird) but the subject was just short of 80m away and image quality suffers horrendously by cropping in closely (I did try various options in my processing). Many thanks however for your input - much appreciated Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 7:55AM
Yukky but brilliantly timed, informative and very well taken.
19 Jan 2012 8:04AM
Indeed you need a bon appetite for that - but that's nature. Thanks God there are these birds feeding on it... else... well...
Brilliant capture, all the more as it was at long distance. Well done Sylvia,
Johanna
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 8:06AM
Very well captured, Sylvia. One of my "dream" shots would be of a Kestrel perched like this & with prey.
Terry
19 Jan 2012 8:33AM
oh yuk!!!!
What a fantastic capture
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 8:34AM
brilliant timing sylvia wonderful detail and colours a belter nice one Wink
andy
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
19 Jan 2012 8:51AM
Fine capture Sylvia. Agree its a bit gruesome but thats life ---for the Kestrel -- if not for that vole/rat.!!GrinGrin It was a quite a distance so you have done well with this.
Ron
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
19 Jan 2012 8:54AM

Quote:For me I would do a tighter crop...
I know that is a post and it has a lot of detail but it distracts from the bird...
So crop just under the bird and worm...



If you cropped there and made it 1000px it would not cope at all with it from that distance as we know. The crop on this is perfect and holds the detail Sylvia, any more would lose detail and turn it plastic looking. Great timing with the intenstines hanging and a super eye.
Very well processed.
Richard
19 Jan 2012 9:11AM
WoW !! Just about as natural & raw as it gets Sylvia....Fabulous image Tongue Would love this in my PF !!
As for the crop...........Perfect IMHO
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 9:19AM
Life in the rawGrin

Cracking shot Sylvia, considering the distance.
I'm guessing you have one of those pocket laser measures???

Adrian
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
19 Jan 2012 9:43AM

Quote:Life in the rawGrin

I'm guessing you have one of those pocket laser measures???

Adrian



Nope, Adrian, don't carry any more kit than I have to Tongue - distance comes up in the Exif data - Bridge in CS5 and go to Metadata for distance from subject with a Canon L lens Wink
Sylvia
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 1:53PM
Cor thats breakfast lunch and tea in one foul swoop Sylvia
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
19 Jan 2012 2:34PM

Quote:Cor thats breakfast lunch and tea in one foul swoop Sylvia


GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Falling off my chair, Ann - brilliantly witty comment Smile
Sylvia
19 Jan 2012 5:03PM
Hi Sylvia, love this, the real world of nature, excellent capture, regards gray.
19 Jan 2012 6:34PM
Love this shot
mike
19 Jan 2012 6:51PM
Superb (as V1 Wink ) Lou
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
19 Jan 2012 8:31PM
Looks just fine in that format to me Sylvia - super capture.
Brian.
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 8:47PM
Great wildlife image Sylvia, well captured..................

Tony.
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 9:49PM
Yuk but a wonderful wildlife shot - also I was well impressed by how you knew how far you're off the subject - blooming clever stuff this tecnology isn't it - Ina
PS I think if I used that exif data on the owl shots it would only confirm what I already knew and come up with a "tooooooo far away box" Wink
Dinney 8 2 England
20 Jan 2012 5:28PM
Excellent shot Sylvia, great timing.Looks like the best bit to meTongue
Kev
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
24 Jan 2012 10:54PM
A tremendous image showing nature in the raw

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