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By Alan_Coles
This is a reworked image from last June.

I have been following an interesting discussion on a couple of images posted here on epz and it reminded about a chance encounter I had last year with this gorgeous bird.

It was just before I finished work and decided to take the dog on a long walk as we were having some extensive work done in the garden and so he would have been cooped up most of the day. Rucsac packed we headed into the beacons and I followed an old tram road leading to some quarries where I sat down to get the flask out. I had packed my camera but didn't expect to use it much as the dog does not go off the lead - he would be gone like a shot down some hole and I don't want that happening!! Anyway, soaking up the sun I suddenly heard the familiar call of the Peregrine ....I was quite close to the rim of one of the quarries so crawled over to look and there was this beauty perched on the cliff opposite! I quickly grabbed my camera and changed from my wide angle to the 300m lens and gave the dog a bonio and wrapped his lead around my leg so I could get two hands on the camera. The juvenile was calling to the mother and I managed a couple of shots before making a hasty retreat from the spot. Although this bird had obviously fledged I was unsure how close I was to the nest site so removed my self and carried on my walk with my heart beating a little faster because of the encounter! Luckily I get to see these birds flying around when I am out with my dog but have not had such a great sighting as that day.

Tags: General Wildlife and nature

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andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
12 Apr 2010 1:41PM
A really smashing shot and a fine tale in the telling Alan!


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Platchet 11 5 8 Wales
12 Apr 2010 1:52PM
A real beauty Al, very sharp and the comp is spot on!
Hope it gets more than my Woodie ! Wink
Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
12 Apr 2010 1:54PM
"give the dog a bonio and wrapped his lead around my leg!" Wink visions of him spotting a rabbit and dragging you by your leg around the Beacons pmsl.

Great image of a great bird. Not easy to get and its sharp too.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 2:07PM
Fabulous shot, superb detail and composition.

Shane136 14 63 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 2:14PM
Nice one, well taken

Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
12 Apr 2010 2:51PM
Superb clarity on a real WILD bird people. This is a far better capture than anything in a sanctuary. This MUST get more recognition. Al, superbly written up, but respect to you for getting the clarity and detail that you have. 9 votes in just over an hour is a scandal with photography of this quality.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 3:42PM
Really enjoyed your write up Thanks
This really is a belter ..I cant add to that really
Phil_Morgan 11 182 1 Wales
12 Apr 2010 4:20PM
FFS people, the votes on this are a joke Sad
A real WILD peregrine of this quality is rare indeed, congratulations on a top capture Al.

Thank you for sharing this story and showing this amazing shot. Wow! And 'wow' again!
DEK4 9 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 4:39PM
Good timing, positioning, detail and blurry BG.

janty66 10 3 England
12 Apr 2010 5:02PM
excellent capture...
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 5:17PM
I have seen these flying over my head today as my Cliff works in a garden near a nest sight - if only I had a good lens to get a shot like this Smile

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
12 Apr 2010 5:34PM
absolutely cracking shot, and a great encounter. love it.lesley
redshank 8 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 5:52PM
Super image.
12 Apr 2010 6:24PM
12 Apr 2010 6:26PM
Excellent shot,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
12 Apr 2010 6:40PM
An utterly fantastic shot Alan. The look in the birds eye,the turn of the head and the awesome plumage speaks of one of the best shots I have seen for a long time. Just magic. Shortlisted
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 7:01PM
cracking shot and love the story
12 Apr 2010 7:09PM
OMG Shot in a million with a 300mm lens !! Fabulous detail,wonderful turn of the head,great setting & a great eye too..Love it and what an addition to a PF.............SUPERB
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
12 Apr 2010 7:51PM
So pleased to make this extra special capture 30. What a great angle down the back and turned head. Oh to be that close, superb detail and capture
s800byj 10 133 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 7:57PM
What a great shot, I have a lot of Raptors near my home but I have never caught one as close up and with as much detail.
Well done, lets hope the birds continue to offer you the chance to capture them in the coming years.

Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 9:11PM
What a great shot, and write up, many thanks Alan.
Phil_Morgan 11 182 1 Wales
12 Apr 2010 9:19PM
Glad to see this picked up eventually mate Smile
mitchy81 9 1 18 England
12 Apr 2010 9:26PM
Fantastic image Alan.
13 Apr 2010 9:09AM
Excellent capture Al

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
16 Apr 2010 7:15AM
Excellent bird capture in a natural setting.

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