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Sparrowhawk - Swiftus killus smallbirdus muchas

By philhomer  
The 'Latin' name may be not quite correct but having seen one of these take a Great Tit on our driveway last week it is apt.

"is this one a set-up?" i hear you cry... sorry, but yes - so much so that the 100 year old oak gate was carried to the site for this purpose

yes i would love to be a 'proper' photographer but time and patience dictates - and the sad truth is that most of the renowned wildlife greats Rouse, Weston etc all cheat it's just that they don't always admit it.

"Beth" the Sparrowhawk is one of the stars of our raptor photography workshops - next one Sat 1st September, 85, 15-30 min from Tamworth (more if you are walking)

Far smaller aperture than i would normally use for this type of subject, but relatively big lens so of course was countering compression a little to ensure detail throughout and, as you will see from exif, plenty of afternoon light so no issue with forcing ISO beyond camera's capabilities or with losing shutter speed - partially assisted with - 2/3 EC

I have been on here long enough for you all to know that your comments, good/bad are all more than welcome

Tags: Hawk Birds of prey Owl photography Raptor Sparrowhawk Sparrow hawk Pets and captive animals Wildlife photography tuition Wildlife photography day Raptor photography Sublime images photography tuition

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
31 Jul 2012 8:44AM
Like the details and colours in this.
Regards Richard

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philhomer 8 77 32 England
31 Jul 2012 9:00AM
no idea what epz is playing at but if you look at Rich's comment above you will see 'detail' highlighted... this leads you into a FREE competition that costs you 10 per week or such. not suggesting that any of you are stupid but do take care.

personally saw this earlier and thought it was a one-off, if epz continues with this then i may well boycott the site
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 9:19AM
A stunning example of this most beautiful Birds of Prey, superb pose, superb natural colours, fine detail in this rather exquisite plumage, a rather exceptional portrait.

Regards Nathan
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 9:21AM
"Have I missed something?"
philhomer 8 77 32 England
31 Jul 2012 9:34AM
ahhhh, the competition links move around the site! you will see them today - so far they colour and underline a word in someone's text
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
31 Jul 2012 9:35AM
So it's OK for you to advertise photography workshops at a price but no one else!!!! One way traffic me thinks........SadSadSad
philhomer 8 77 32 England
31 Jul 2012 9:39AM
i do not have an issue with anyone advertising (genuine stuff) - but when you see this i feel you will agree that it is completely misleading. seems to be an automated jobby, not a real person
philhomer 8 77 32 England
31 Jul 2012 10:46AM
just rejoined e2 membership and it does give greater insight into the whole workings of images and non-feedback..

for instance, 13 unique views on this and 11 votes - genuinely wish the 2 non-voters would comment as to what they find wrong with the image. personally feel that all knowledgeable critique is invaluable - if you visit and do not like this then don't be frightened or too shy to say so, worst case i shall get upset and sulk for 10 minutes Wink
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 11:52AM
Great shot, Phil - woke up yesterday to find two large piles of feathers on my lawn from one of these guys having a feast - unfortunately, I missed him!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
31 Jul 2012 12:50PM
Well you had me fooled for a few seconds.....

bagman 7 65 United States
31 Jul 2012 2:14PM
For me this is all most as good as they get.Just such a wonderful job in this piece of work.
philhomer 8 77 32 England
31 Jul 2012 3:51PM

Quote:For me this is all most as good as they get.Just such a wonderful job in this piece of work.

whadya mean almost? Wink
31 Jul 2012 4:16PM
beautifully sharp. well caught!
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 5:52PM
Great shot !!!.....great title !!.......I never did 'Latin' at school, thank goodness, but this sounds spot-on to me !!.Grin
31 Jul 2012 8:08PM
Think the latin is just about spot on! Super image Phil, excellent clarity. Lou
Nice & Sharp. Great Work!
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
4 Aug 2012 10:36AM
Seeing as this is a 'set up' I think you could have made a far better job of it.
With the gate being a moveable prop you could have placed it somewhere with a cleaner back drop or devised something, I also think the placement of the Hawk could be better too . When you are actually in a position to be handling these birds you could have put it in a much better position on the gate post, facing the other way would have been good then the tail would have been in the image.
Well detailed image but not too much thought gone in to what would have been an enviable situation for many avian photographers.

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