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Kestrel colours

By phil_j  
I know this shot could have been sharper, but I just love the colours in this.

Taken this afternoon, in the last little bit of sunshine that was filtering through the clouds, it was one of those "almost" moments.

I had just finished giving a driving lesson, and as I was driving back through a quiet road with open ground on each side, I spotted this Kestrel hovering close to the road side ahead.
I pulled over and grabbed the camera from the boot and drove slowly uptowards where it was hovering, couldn't believe my luck as it stayed hovering, about 20 feet above the verge, just yards from the car, however in my rush to get set up, and still driving the car ( I did mention it was a QUIET country road didn't I?) I really messed up the settings, and as the bird flew down into the verge I reviewed the screen and was dismayed to see a dark nondescript good for anything.
Cursing myself for being so stupid, I glanced up just as the Kestrel flew back up and landed on a post right in front of me......a second chance!!.
This time I made sure things were right with the settings, and reaching over from the drivers seat shot this handheld through the open window of the passenger door....just as a large coach overtook me causing a bit of camera shake.

However as I mentioned before, I feel the colours in this shot are nice, and I am pleased with the result.

thanks for looking, and I hope you like it as well.


Tags: General Wildlife and nature

Voters: skye1, CathyI, SammyRatFan and 44 more

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skye1 14 29 4 Wales
25 Nov 2009 8:04PM
Wonderful shot and agree the colours in the image are really nice, has a warm autumn feel to it, so lucky to get that second chance
Graham_P 14 1 19 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2009 8:33PM
Lovely image Phil, nice b/g colours
hope i've done it justice with the mod.
25 Nov 2009 8:37PM
This is lovely ,i love to watch birds of prey glideing through the sky ,the colours are beautiful,and the picture just says to me Iknow im beautiful.Thanks for sharing
Steve_S Plus
15 183 3 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2009 8:57PM
Great capture Phil, wish one would land for me!
dawnmichelle 14 12 United States
25 Nov 2009 9:13PM
lucky you to get this shot.. it is beautiful
TerryMcK 12 72 2 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2009 9:25PM
Looks very good to me, Phil. Well captured.
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2009 9:33PM
Truly stunning!

WildLight 14 145 3 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2009 10:02PM
I agree, the colours are magnificent!

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
25 Nov 2009 10:25PM
Well done Phil for making the best of the moment. you have ended up with a very fine shot.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 21 Wales
26 Nov 2009 5:59AM
Excellent opportunist image Phil and the light and colours are lovely.
26 Nov 2009 7:10AM
Beautiful shot Phil -

Stace 13 2 2 England
26 Nov 2009 7:33AM
Great image

FredF 15 1 France
26 Nov 2009 9:46AM
fantastic image.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2009 1:22AM
I think the lack of sharpness can be forgiven, Phil, and you deserve a vote for your ability to capture this under the prevailing conditions, and because it is natural and "in the wild".

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