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Old Mar 29, 2011, 4:02 AM   #1
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Default The Australian Hobby ....

..... is a medium-large, slimly built, long-winged falcon [Falco longipennis]. According to our field guide it's distribution is "widespread, but generally uncommon" so imagine my delight to find one perched in a tree along the creek opposite our home just before sunset this evening!

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Imagine my further delight that he sat there while I took snapshots!

Taken using the TCON-17.

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Old Mar 29, 2011, 4:36 AM   #2
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That was a special opportunity for you. Does the spreading feathers mean it is warning you off?
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 7:39 AM   #3
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Now that's a cool shot.

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Old Mar 29, 2011, 5:49 PM   #4
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thank you banksy & jj. Yes, it was a special opportunity - we'd been trying unsuccessfully to get shots of a hobby out at Dangar's Lagoon almost 30 kilometres away, then I find this right on my front doorstep.

He was startled by a galah, which had perched further up the tree, suddenly screeching and flying off, otherwise he had been sitting very quietly.

Glad you both liked the shot. I was tickled!

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excellent, very great opportunity, glad you were able to capture this beautiful creature.
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A very cool shot of a beautiful bird! Lighting is nice too.
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 11:17 PM   #7
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Hards80 thank you for stopping by and thank you for your comments. Now that I know he might be around I'll keep a sharper lookout.

Saly thank you, too. The lighting was great - the very last of the 'golden hour' before sunset. He was perched high enough to be bathed in it, whereas just behind me was in deep shadow from the hill.

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Beautiful and awesome.
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Wow, that is a gorgeous shot, and I'm with the others the lighting is exceptionnel - really well done.
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Thank you for your comments flutelady & Dyane. I was really stoked at how well this turned out.

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