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    I caught this beautiful adult male American Kestrel last year as he took off of his hunting perch. He has returned to the same spot three years in a row and has arrived within a day or two each year. I am patiently waiting for the 21st to the 23rd of September. He only stays for a week or so and hunts dragonflies like crazy.
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    Fantastic. Wonderful pose, colors and background.

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    Beautiful as always. Tack sharp, great light,a slight head turn towards the viewer and a great BG.
    Well done!
    I hope your little buddy returns!
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    Not sure there is a way to improve on this. Wing position is great. Sharpness as well. Colors are spot on and the background is perfect. I'd be ecstatic to take a shot like this.

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    Very well done David. Love this one. Great detail, flight pose and a killer BG. the HA and eye contact is real cool.

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    Davis it as got the lot cannot think of anything that might improve it.Hope he returns for you.

    Keith.

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    Killer image, David. Beautiful bird, nice up wing position, perfect background. Thank you for sharing.
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    Thanks everyone! I'm glad you like it. I sure hope he shows up too. I will let you know
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    Nice one Dave another one of your iconic raptor shots, nice sharpness, action, and BG.

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    No way! - like it...Loving it, another killer image from the truck. When is the coffee table book coming out Dave?
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    Fantastic takeoff pose Dave! Love the wings in full upstroke! Great detail throughout. Hope this little guy shows up on time this year; I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.
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    Absolutely first class!!

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    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the nice comments.
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    "When is the coffee table book coming out Dave"

    Thanks Mathew, It came out last year
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    Oh wow fantastic - I get really happy and excited when I see avian images of this caliber because its what we all try so hard to achieve, so its inspirational. Not only that but there is so much potential to connect 'ordinary' busy people (i.e. non photography types ) with nature through images presented in the public space which I feel is becoming more and more important as the human planet gets crazier and people seem less connected than ever, TFS.
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    awesome flight with perfect pose, right, BG and techs, does;t get better than this, male too!
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    Thank you Arash and Mathew
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    Excellent flight shot,David. Congratulations.

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