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The Falcons Prey

By Leary  
Hi all,

This picture is exactly what the title says. In February i visited a great place near Rotorua, where they are rehabilitating New Zealand Falcon. Most native NZ birds are endangered as they evolved with no natural predators, so when humans arrived with rats cats and other mammals, new zealands birds got nailed.

the place i visited is called Wingspan, and is dedicated to researching and conserving NZ's native raptors: falcon, morepork (little owl) and the australasian harrier hawk.

these taxidermised birds are the falcons prey, and are used for research.

Any comments would be appreciated.


Tags: Photo journalism Birds New zealand Raptor Wildlife and nature Sam oleary Bellbird Mohua Kakariki Falcon prey

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Newtman 11 2 5
12 Jun 2008 2:50PM
This is a very interesting shot, especially with the written information that you give. Personally I would have chosen a higher angle looking down on the birds, which would have brought more of them into focus. I would either have had the camera tripod mounted, or would have used flash, in both cases so that I could have chosen a smaller aperture and extended the depth of field. I would also have presented the image in portrait rather than landscape format, so that the beaks were on the right.

It is a very successful image though, in that it leaves me wanting to know more.


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reminds me of a war photo, all the bodies lined up

great shot!
petet410 9 1 Equatorial Guinea
12 Jun 2008 3:30PM
Mans footprint around the world has and continues to be an ecological disaster. Mina - birds are another major issue in the tropics exported from india by the Brits and when they finished eating the insects they were imported for ..continued eating the native birds. we don't learn
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
12 Jun 2008 10:14PM
Good storytelling and thought provoking too - as for the shot it is good but I do agree a higher pov might have had more impact and allowed more detail.



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