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Old Aug 13, 2005, 1:41 PM   #1
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Got this one behind my house this afternoon. This attractive adult male kestrel was finding it to be good hunting in the farmer's field while the grass crop was being harvested for seed.

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Old Aug 13, 2005, 1:50 PM   #2
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Ohh - You naled this beautiful bird!!!!

And you like Norm have gone "modern" on us.

I have this really old Audebon book from the 30's.

It's a "Sparrow Hawk."

And Norm and his Harriers are actually a "Marsh Hawk."

Picky, picky, picky and of course I'm also wrong

No one uses these terms any more...



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Old Aug 13, 2005, 2:07 PM   #3
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Superb shot, geoff !!
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Old Aug 13, 2005, 5:22 PM   #4
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Thanks guys!

Dave, I grew up with harrier being marsh hawk and kestrel being a sparrow hawk. However, for the benefit of the younger crowd frequenting these forums that never heard of those names I've gone "modern" But deep down I'm of the same mind as you with respect to the names...
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Very nice!
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Old Aug 13, 2005, 10:09 PM   #6
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Amazing shot! We don't get many Kestrels but lots of Merlins around here. Very nice to see.

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Old Aug 13, 2005, 10:54 PM   #7
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bmullen and killdeer, thanks for the comments. I don't get many Merlins down here so I'll be looking forward to you posting a picture of one from up in your neck of the woods...
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Nice one geoff, these particular birds have great colors. I missed a good shoot of one when standing about 10 feet from it as it flew into the wind, going absolutely nowhere. However, the day was dark and grey and none of the shots were worth keeping. You got this one good.
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Old Aug 14, 2005, 12:20 AM   #9
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Thanks, Norm. I'm trying to get as good as you are with the flight shots but you are way ahead of me and you also have that 1DMkII which tracks focus better for the motion shots.

These kestrels aren't too bad to capture when hovering as they will stay in one spot for 4 or 5 seconds when they do that. I'm really wanting to capture one at the end of its dive and just as it is catching its prey on the ground. I'd have to be real lucky to get that moment!
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nice shot, pretty cool looking bird:-)
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