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Jan 13, 2022 18:56:37   #
DanielB Loc: San Diego, Ca
 
I posted this in BIF section but I don't think as many people visit that so this is for the rest of UHH.


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Jan 13, 2022 19:01:37   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
DanielB wrote:
I posted this in BIF section but I don't think as many people visit that so this is for the rest of UHH.




I also saw it in BIR/BOW and gave it 3

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Jan 13, 2022 19:07:10   #
capmike Loc: New Bern, NC
 
There are an awful lot of pics posted here, really very few worthy of comment. You are very good, or very lucky, or both. Truly an outstanding photo of an extremely difficult bird to catch in flight. With good light, completely in focus. Getting that shot would make my year.

Kudos from a jealous bird photographer.

Mike

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Jan 13, 2022 19:07:28   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Excellent shot, Daniel!

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Jan 13, 2022 19:15:26   #
jdtonkinson Loc: Green Valley, AZ
 
Excellent shot Daniel. They are hard to capture in flight

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Jan 13, 2022 19:19:50   #
lbarnett25 Loc: Baldwinsville, NY
 
Fantastic!

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Jan 13, 2022 19:23:43   #
DanielB Loc: San Diego, Ca
 
capmike wrote:
There are an awful lot of pics posted here, really very few worthy of comment. You are very good, or very lucky, or both. Truly an outstanding photo of an extremely difficult bird to catch in flight. With good light, completely in focus. Getting that shot would make my year.

Kudos from a jealous bird photographer.

I strive to be good and luck plays a big part in that.
Thank you for that high praise.

Mike

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Jan 13, 2022 19:27:34   #
DanielB Loc: San Diego, Ca
 
jdtonkinson wrote:
Excellent shot Daniel. They are hard to capture in flight


Yes they are. I saw this bird pitched high in a pine with what I’m pretty sure was a Dragonfly (I have pics of that also). So I found a spot with a clear shot and waited about 20 minutes for it to take flight and as a previous post suggested “I got lucky”.

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Jan 13, 2022 19:36:48   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
Congrats NICE Kestrel ! .........thanks for sharing

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Jan 13, 2022 19:38:49   #
LeRoy V. Loc: Oro Valley, Az
 
Love it, great capture

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Jan 13, 2022 20:08:27   #
PAR4DCR Loc: A Sunny Place
 
Wall material Daniel!

Don

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Jan 13, 2022 20:44:06   #
lamiaceae Loc: San Luis Obispo County, CA
 
DanielB wrote:
I posted this in BIF section but I don't think as many people visit that so this is for the rest of UHH.


Daniel, thank you for posting it here too. Fantastic image. American Kestrels are one of my favorite species of birds. Many years ago one almost flew into my face while it was chasing some other bird.

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Jan 13, 2022 21:04:32   #
Fullframe Loc: Bucks County, Pennsylvania
 
Oh yeah!

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Jan 13, 2022 21:14:46   #
cameranut Loc: North Carolina
 
Wow! Outstanding shot. I couldn't find any info on this one. What lens and what distance were you from this beauty? I have never seen one closer than 200-300', and even then it wouldn't get still.

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Jan 13, 2022 23:20:43   #
DanielB Loc: San Diego, Ca
 
cameranut wrote:
Wow! Outstanding shot. I couldn't find any info on this one. What lens and what distance were you from this beauty? I have never seen one closer than 200-300', and even then it wouldn't get still.


I’m thinking I was about 30 yards from the base of the tree separated by water. This was taken with my Canon R5 with the RF 800mm f11 IS.

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