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Old Jul 4, 2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Magic/Golden Hour: A golden Hobby

Taken in the golden time before sunset. A Hobby falcon.



He was high enough up the tree to catch the gold. Just behind me was all in shadow from the hill.

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Very nice capture, Bernice. I love the color

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Lighting is wonderful, really like the picture.
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Hi Bernice

Wow, the bird looks ready for action (was it just about to fly off?)

The colour indeed is very 'golden'. I've not heard of a hobby falcon before... but then again, there are some areas that most of us have 'gaps in our knowledge' of.

Cheers & g'day.

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Thank you zig, mtngal & Paul for your comments.

G'day Paul. It's common names are Australian Hobby, or Little Falcon [Falco longipennis]. Mark knows it as the hobby. It is a medium-large, slimly built, long-winged falcon. According to our field guide it's distribution is "widespread, but generally uncommon", which is why I was so excited to see this one in a tree along the creek opposite home. He is burnished by the pre-sunset light. You can find a little more about him at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Hobby

The shot was actually the biggest fluke. I had just focused and was in the process of depressing the button fully when a galah perched higher up the tree squwarked and startled the falcon. As you can see he threw up his wings and prepared for flight and I caught it!!!. Then he flew off. The preceding shots had been somewhat mundane perching shots.

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Bernice, I remember this shot when you first posted it. I remember thinking what a great image, particularly the lighting.
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Beautiful! Great shot.

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Thank you very much indeed Saly & Cal.

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