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Lens: DA 55-300mm ED Camera: K5 Photo Location: Pt. McDonnell ISO: 3200 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: ozwald, 09-11-2014, 05:02 PM

This image is heavily cropped because the bird was sheltering from heavy winds under the eaves of a building. Therefore it's not the sharpest of images, but I thought it was worth a post because of the pose and the display of feathers which shows off the bird's colouring to good effect.

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09-11-2014, 08:17 PM   #2
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I agree, the pattern of feathers is lovely. The background could be a little more black IMO. There's not a lot of contrast to play with because the white feathers are already a little blown out (literally and figuratively).
PS Lucky you getting so close to a Kestrel!
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I agree, the pattern of feathers is lovely. The background could be a little more black IMO. There's not a lot of contrast to play with because the white feathers are already a little blown out (literally and figuratively).
PS Lucky you getting so close to a Kestrel!
Thanks Rob. I'll try and give it a further tweak in PP. I was lucky in getting so close - I guess it was more worried about the weather than me.
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Thanks Rob. I'll try and give it a further tweak in PP. I was lucky in getting so close - I guess it was more worried about the weather than me.
I have a similar shot of a magpie sheltering on the windowsill at my Mum's house. I was wondering why the sound of magpie caroling was so loud!

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That's pretty good given the circumstances.
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That's pretty good given the circumstances.
Many thanks. Sometimes technical excellence has to take the back seat in a rare opportunity.
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Sometimes technical excellence has to take the back seat in a rare opportunity.
How true that is, especially when trying to photograph birds. You take your opportunities as they arise.

You did really well Ozwald. It was blowing a gale each time I have been to Pt MacDonnell so I know what it's like. A very windswept coastline.

The great secret there is not the crays but the penguin colony. Oops, it's out now.
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Thanks Des. I wondered about the wind. It never let up in three days!

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Nice - the darker background highlights the bird.
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Nice - the darker background highlights the bird.
Thanks Rob. I'm pleased with the result, particularly as it was a bit of a patch-up job.
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Thanks Des. I wondered about the wind. It never let up in three days!
This is really good!
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