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Old Jun 1, 2005, 3:22 PM   #1
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This is one of 3 Harris (?) Hawks and one Peregrine Hawk which are used to catch pigeons on the archaeological site of Ercolano, near Napoli and Pompei, southern Italy.




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Old Jun 1, 2005, 3:51 PM   #2
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Excellent shot. Are they to keep the pigeons from spoiling the site?
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Old Jun 1, 2005, 4:33 PM   #3
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wonderful portrait

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Old Jun 1, 2005, 7:43 PM   #4
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marvelous portrait! how close were you? that one should be framed and hung on your wall...
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Old Jun 1, 2005, 8:47 PM   #5
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Another fantastic shot , excellant :|
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Old Jun 2, 2005, 1:28 AM   #6
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Great shot - I hope to be able to get one like that with my FZ20 someday, but I'm still learning. How close were you to the bird? Did you use an add-on lens, and if so, do you mind me asking which one? Thanks!
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Old Jun 3, 2005, 12:40 AM   #7
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An extraordinary photo. I love the reflection on the eye. The bird is so clear, I feel I could reach out and touch it.
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Old Jun 4, 2005, 1:57 AM   #8
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Hiroshi wrote:
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An extraordinary photo. I love the reflection on the eye. The bird is so clear, I feel I could reach out and touch it.
I have to 2nd that its so real I can see a reflection of scenery in the birds eye
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Old Jun 4, 2005, 4:50 AM   #9
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Thanks to all.

Yes as I said it was used with other 4 ones to prevent pigeons from spoiling the monuments with their excrements.

It was no bird watching at all. or i should have certainly used a big add-on Tele to achieve it... would have needed about 600mm or more for that.

Instead it was at the minimum distance to focus at full 432mm, in order to get the maximum blurring of the background. It was held by a falconer who bought it in GB.
Thus only about 1,5 - 1,7m distant...

Here is a 100% crop (unluckily I shot the originalat 3Mp not 5) of its face with the setting sun and a tree reflected in his eye.

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Old Jun 4, 2005, 12:46 PM   #10
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Beautiful! I love the reflection in his eye.
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