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    I hope everyone has been well.

    We've had a rather slow season out west this year. The beginning of the season started off pretty normal with a handful of Kestrels, Shrikes and Phoebe's hunting dragonflies and crickets, but the time the first cold weather hit, everything left in a hurry. Only a few Red-tailed Hawks and Harriers were left for the duration of the season. It's been unusually slow all over the south west according to reports from other friends. I Hope we get a better migration next year!!

    This was taken at the very beginning of the season and unfortunately this cooperative female didn't stick around for long. Fortunatly I got a couple good ones of her before she split.

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    David:

    Great pose with excellent eye contact, nice dorsal view. Very sharp on head and tail, do wish for a bit more DOF so the wingtips were in focus. Excellent color harmony in the bg. Well framed!

    Good to see you posting.

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    Spectacular flight pose and good colors. Sure, a little more DOF would be nice, but a great shot as posted.

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    As said, great display of it's fine plumage, next time just need that bit more depth of field.

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    Obviously a real stunner!
    Vertical comp, the light and the pose are spot on. Really like how the colors of the bird and the background compliment each other.
    Already mentioned by others but the one thing I wish for is that those wingtips were sharp. That unsharpness gives some sense of movement though!

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    Gorgeous. Love the dorsal view with that flared tail. The light is great as well. Background is spot on as well.

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    Simply sweet Dave, beautiful light and the wing spread is superb. Even your poor years blow our good ones into submission!

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    Welcome back stranger!
    Lovely flight shot of this kestrel.
    Perfect light, HA and wing and tail position.
    I am OK with the bit of ?wing blur of ?DOF blur but would also like a tack sharp lower wing.
    This is a killer capture. I just find my eye going to that damaged wing tip on the primary of the bird's left wing. Nothing you could do about it of course.
    Keep posting- you are missed!
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    Such a fabulous action capture! You show this lady perfectly! Don't mind the blurred wing as all out viewing attention goes right to the perfectly sharp head.

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    this is probably the best Kestrel shot I have seen, most folks can try a million times and not get one frame like this wish it was mine.

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    Agree with all above .Good to see you back David . Interesting comment about the wing tip but sometimes these imperfections show it's a rough game out there they play to stay alive.

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    Thanks for the comments everyone!! I appreciate it.
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    This is not a DOF issue, just a little motion blurr from the quick wing movement.
    I have shot literally thousands of frames like this to only wind up with a handful of real rock stars, this being one of them. Depth of field is not a big concern in shots like this. The main concern is actually capturing the bird in the frame!! The head being sharp is the next prerequisite. Everything else from there is just how the cookie crumbles. Thinking that you're going to worry about DOF in a shot that literally takes milliseconds is not realistic and stopping down is only going to slow things down ensuring a soft frame.
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    Superb Image. Like the eye contact and wing position.

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