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Joie de Vivre

By brian1208
This Peregrine Falcon put on the most amazing show and seemed to be flying just for the sheer joy of it. It reminded me of a Spitfire beating up an airfield as it hurtled about the sky.

It was moving so fast it was difficult to keep it in the viewfinder but by pulling back to 150mm focal length and spinning on the spot I managed to get a few worthwhile shots.

This was my favourite as I managed to get a catchlight in the eye and show the bird with its beak open calling.

(I've cloned out the transmitter and wire from it back.)

Tags: Flight Calling Peregrine falcon Pets and captive animals Liberty raptor centre

Voters: suejoh, squelcher, ValSaxby and 4 more

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cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
13 Mar 2007 9:59AM
An excellent well timed shot

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squelcher 14 23 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 10:08AM
good shot, good timing.

Miles Herbert Plus
15 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 5:21PM
As you say... an amazing display and even better as the bird was doing it for sheer enjoyment rather then chasing the lure.
suejoh Plus
13 250 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 11:24PM
Brian - You should have got a lot more clicks cos I know how difficult this is. Very well done!! A good picture - glad I did not bet anything Smile
will load a pic of the pere saker that we had. Her name is Bess but my husband has loaned her to a friend who can hunt her - he just flew her to the lure but she is a lovely bird. she was inujured in her first year and spent all winter indoors so I got quite attached to her. As much as is poss with a bird of prey. It is just a static pic as I did not get any good pics in flight - with all that opportunity too.

brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 11:30PM
Thanks for taking time to leave comments Neil, Graeme, Miles and Sue.

You need to get a small, lightweight camera + cheap lens for flight shots Sue - maybe we should consider a swop? Smile

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