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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 19-02-2016, 21:11 Thread Starter
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More images of my female Kestrel

Here are more images of the Kestrel.


The Sparrow Hawk at the beginning of the thread was in my garden so the images are a lot clearer and sharper than the Kestrel.
The kestrel images are over a distance of nearly 400 yards which has my equipment at the edge of taking anything that can be worked with.


I have started using NEF files as well as .JPG's.
The raw files allow me almost 5 times the capture quality of JPG but take a lot of work to get them looking like I have.


The Kestrel images in this thread would only be good upto a print size of 5x7 where as the Sparrow Hawk images will go up to A1.
A3 is what I have printed them out at and they look stunning.
I printed out 2 of the Sparrow Hawk.


The further away the subject, the worse and deprecated the image becomes and there are limits in what I'm doing as the images show here where the actual sharpness declines and noise appears.
I have digitally cropped and enhanced them to give what is a reasonable image to look at on screen, but these Kestrel images are NOT the sort you would dare to display or show on paper.


I will get the Kestrel again one day with a close range lens but until then I will live with just been able to document the bird for everyone's pleasure on here.
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She is beautiful - so elegant. Thanks for the pics.
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Yes, terrific photos, glad you persisted with them.


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Well today Ive had a terrific sighting (s)
Driving in South west Spain I saw a Little Egret, a Cattle Egret and a Great Egret all within 4 hours.
Is this possible? Certain about the Little and Great Egrets but could i have really seen a Cattle Egret in Spain?
I am seeing daily the birds of the UK changing through the seasons and see birds that are still new to me in my lifes experiences so yes I believe you DID see what you thought is a cattle Egret.
I know at present the world weather is a little turned compared to what we remember as children and this is causing a lot of wildlife to react differently than what we have been used to.
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I am seeing daily the birds of the UK changing through the seasons and see birds that are still new to me in my lifes experiences so yes I believe you DID see what you thought is a cattle Egret.
I know at present the world weather is a little turned compared to what we remember as children and this is causing a lot of wildlife to react differently than what we have been used to.
you will also see Cattle Egrets in the UK - not in the same numbers as in Spain, but certainly quite often.

if interested, there are a few European birds in the UK this winter which would normally only be seen in summer - a Hoopoe in Northants, and a Glossy Ibis in Sussex (not far from me in fact) which seem to have become winter residents

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Purple Heron is another one that comes to mind. They reckon it wont be too long before some of these speices like the Cattle Egret and the Purple Heron for example will colonise here.

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