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An Infrequent Visitor

An Infrequent Visitor
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-25
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 AF-S VR 4.5-5.6 IF ED
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-25 14:35
Viewed: 1330
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Merlin visited our backyard this morning. They don't come very often, but when they do, they cause the finches and sparrows to go instantly into hiding.

These birds are a member of the Falconidae (or falcon) family. Some people have referred to them as Pigeon Hawks. Merlins have a wingspan of 50-67 cm (20-26 in). The preceding information came from the iBird Explorer app for the iPod/iPhone.

After he/she had gone, it was quite some time before we saw any of the usual small birds in our yard. When they did return, they were unusually wary for awhile.

I had to crop fairly closely to the Merlin, in order to hide some distractions. I did colour balancing and adjusted the light a little, since it was a bit overcast. As well, I did noise reduction, because I was shooting with high ISO. And, I sharpened the image a little.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-04-25 16:21]
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Hi John,

To me it's thrilling to see these birds of prey in the wild, especially when they visit one's property. We see one or two hawks on an almost daily basis, and you're right, it gets very quiet when they're around hunting.

A very sharp capture, and I like the close crop. We get to see the beauty of this wonderful bird. How far away from you was it?

Best regards,

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-04-30 8:34]
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Hi John,
Though on one hand you must have been pleased to see this Merlin in your yard,on the other I guess you hoped he didn't catch his lunch there.This is a clear sharp image,you really show off its colors. That's a larger wing span than I thought it had, just viewing the image it would seem smaller,& those are large talons for hunting.Great catchlight in its eye. TFS

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