Sitting on the fence

Photo Information
Whilst walking along the cliffs to the North of Bamburgh castle we saw a hawk hovering over the dunes. It was too small to detect what bird it was at that stage. It then circled and flew down into a field behind us. When it didn't come up again we moved closer to see where it was and found it 'sitting on the fence' - trying to decide between swooping down into the field of flying off somewhere else.
It seemed quite unperturbed by our presence and I got to within 4 to 5 yards to take this shot.
This reveals that she is a femail Kestrel !

K50 + Sigma 18-250 at full zoom, hand held
22/07/2015 - 09:30PeterKR
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed1/400
Focal Length250mm


Link Posted 22/07/2015 - 09:51
Great to have got so close! Nice shot


Link Posted 22/07/2015 - 11:11
Lucky you, well captured.
Regards John/Jumbo


Link Posted 22/07/2015 - 14:15
Many thanks for the comments.

It just goes to show that sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time to get lucky !

Thanks again



Link Posted 22/07/2015 - 16:06
What I like most about this photo is the compelling visual symbolism of freedom vs. bondage depicted in the positioning of the winged bird standing above the lock and chain. The zigzag of nicely textured weathered fencing adds to the overall composition.
Cheers...Donna 😊


Link Posted 22/07/2015 - 18:11
Nicely captured.

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Link Posted 22/07/2015 - 22:32
Superbly done Peter, you are very lucky to get a shot this close and the great thing is you have nailed the focus so it's very sharp. Well done all round I would say!


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Link Posted 23/07/2015 - 10:40
Many thanks again for all the kind comments - as I said I was extremely lucky to get this Kestrel to 'pose' for me in this position !

Thanks Donna for spotting the symbolism - that took a femail touch ! As a male engineer I just spotted the composition of the bird with the shapes and textures of the fence against the OoF green background ! Now that you pointed out the other significance the shot means even more to me - many thanks.

Thanks also David. The sharpness is really all down to this great lens as I keep it on AF because of my 'old' eyes !
I did take the precaution of setting the K50 on TAv to get a fast shutter speed (1/400) as it was windy and good DoF (f/ and leave the ISO to chance as it was quite bright.

Thanks again to you all


Link Posted 24/07/2015 - 19:52
Nice one Peter, right place right time
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