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Old Sep 7, 2014, 9:52 PM   #1
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Driving a gravel road through Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge there was a small bird on a wire barely worth taking note of. From a distance it could be a jay, starling, robin etc. Driving past however, the posture, beak, and coloring suggested it was no ordinary backyard feeder but rather a diminutive bird of prey. I hadn't seen one before so pulled over and fired off a few handheld at 300mm and hoped for the best. Upon returning a quick search reveals it's a female American Kestrel. At about 7 or 8 inches long they're the smallest Falcon in North America. Apparently they are not that uncommon but it was a first for me.
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Old Sep 8, 2014, 6:07 AM   #2
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very nice shot and good looking out, would be easy to mistake it for a large sparrow
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Yes, that is definitely a Kestrel, and an excellent capture. They are small and difficult to photograph. You did good, Alan.
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There's got to be a subsequent crop of the 300mm capture to get to this size, right? However it was done, excellent image.
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Very very nice shot
Good color and focus on this one
by the way . Thats how I get most of my hawk Shots
" Driving a gravel road "
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very nice shot and good looking out, would be easy to mistake it for a large sparrow
Thanks ramcewan. I haven't been too successful with the bird shots but this one I'm happy with. I took about a dozen, taking a few steps closer every few shots. This was right before she had enough.

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Yes, that is definitely a Kestrel, and an excellent capture. They are small and difficult to photograph. You did good, Alan.
Thanks Steven. Like Arthur “Weegee” Fellig said; "f/8 and be there"

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There's got to be a subsequent crop of the 300mm capture to get to this size, right? However it was done, excellent image.
Thanks Greg. Yes cropped (not 100% but maybe 50 or 60%) as she was about 20 yds out. Also used almost every software tool I have in my arsenal to sharpen and bring out detail. The other thing that helped was pushing EV up a little. Even though I was using center metering the sky was so bright the bird was dark. Pushing EV blew out the sky some but it was able to be brought back in post.
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They are small and difficult to photograph. You did good, Alan.

...this goes for me too!

Oh! reminder .... don't forget 'digi-X2'
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I took about a dozen, taking a few steps closer every few shots. This was right before she had enough.
that's usually the best shot lol
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Oh! reminder .... don't forget 'digi-X2'
Right with you Bob. And at the risk of everyone telling me they like the digi-X2 version better.... here it is.

There are certain elements I like better in the digi-X2 version but the raw version seems to pull more detail. At least to my eye.
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Very very nice shot
Good color and focus on this one
by the way . Thats how I get most of my hawk Shots
" Driving a gravel road "
Thanks Fred!
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