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Male Kestrel

First ones I have processed from a few minutes with this little Hawk.

A few questions ....

1.Is this a full grown Male as the colours look muted....and
2.They were taken at 4.30 with really bright orange light and I feel this stopped me somehow from getting the best out of the opportunity exposure/focus wise.

Any tips gratefully received....

p.s. he was eating something..bird I think on top of an electric pole and the metal was about 6 inches in front.





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Re: Male Kestrel

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A few questions ....

1.Is this a full grown Male as the colours look muted....and
2.They were taken at 4.30 with really bright orange light and I feel this stopped me somehow from getting the best out of the opportunity exposure/focus wise.
I agree the colours look muted, that could have been the light or it could be an immature male given how pale the malar stripe is.
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Re: Male Kestrel

Thanks David...yes that was my thought as well.
He looks like he will make it to adulthood judging by his hunting skills.
He flew over my head and onto another post -looked around and I thought I had scared him off but no he dived down and returned with the prey.
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Re: Male Kestrel

Yes, it looks like a male, although the head is quite pale. Have you tried tuning the color? Ans are you sure he was eating a bird? Kestrels eat almost exclusively small mammals (mice, voles etc).

Nice picture, pity the metal structure is partly obstructing the sight.

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Re: Male Kestrel

A male in - at least - in his second year/flight. I would consider this one a mature bird. Nice captures BTW.
Try to compansate the golden winter sun with more blue (or higher Kelvin) in PP - and if only for the looks on his 'normal' colours ...
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Re: Male Kestrel

Thanks Tord and Falk....

I never even thought that they might not eat birds really.
I have searched through the rest of the shots and it DOES look like a mammal.I saw him frantically pulling it apart and what looked like feathers coming away but it could have been fur.

Good info again about the sex/age.
I have tried compensating with the cyan/green/blue sliders and alsp pulled the sats back as well.The light really was SO RED.

One with better colour....


One with the prey...


One uncropped and further away ......
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Keith What SHOTS ! Marvellous all of them
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Re: Male Kestrel

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Any tips gratefully received....

p.s. he was eating something..bird I think on top of an electric pole and the metal was about 6 inches in front.




Keith

I just did this quickly. Taking out the yellow/orange colour from the image (rather than rebalancing the colours) removes it from the sky and metalwork which then gives you a much better colour contrast between bird and sky/metal. I left some there to try to keep the atmosphere. It also allows you to keep saturation normal.

It is a lovely bird and would have been fantastic to watch.

Hope this is the sort of tip you were after.

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