BIRDS 64 – PEREGRINE 1

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Peregrine Falcon
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Peregrine at the International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, Gloucestershire; 2 July 2014.

The largest falcon found in the UK, the Peregrine’s numbers crashed during the last two centuries due to human persecution and the widespread use of agricultural pesticides, e.g. DDT.  Numbers have now recovered in most areas, and they are even back in city centres – and in Bristol’s Avon Gorge too.

Other photos of falcons from this session can be found here and here, they are Lanner and Saker respectively.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

15 Responses to BIRDS 64 – PEREGRINE 1

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    fantastic! once again your mastery over close-ups is very much on view.

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  2. lumar1298 says:

    Beautiful portrait of a bird… Just lovely…

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  3. So beautiful. Good to hear the numbers are on the incline. Such a gorgeous bird.
    xxx
    ATP

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  4. Dawnasong says:

    Oh my! Stunning detail and so Beauteous!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Dawna, I’m very glad it gets to you! Its the beauty of natural things, which I suppose is something that I am fundamentally into. I was a birder for 30 years, but now I take such photographs because of the beauty of the subjects, not because of their rarity as bird species. By the way, when I “Like” photos on Freshly Pressed, they appear in the sidebar of my blog, down to the right of here – your railway shot is currently there – do have a look at the other photos too, they’re good and maybe inspiring stuff. Thanks for your good words! 🙂 Adrian

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      • Dawnasong says:

        You mean my post is on freshly pressed?

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, I think that all WordPress posts come out on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed, I know that all of mine do, and I often see posts of your’s there too. I make sure that the word “photography” is in both the Category and Tags of every post I put out, and then in FP I select the “photography” criterion – and your and my posts are there. I don’t think that FP makes any distinctions about the quality of the photo, piece of writing or whatever that is being posted on WordPress, it just tries to categorise them – and out they come. After you’ve made a post, try going into FP to see if you can see it there – I always do this, and sure enough there they are. Adrian

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      • Dawnasong says:

        I love your photography it’s clear by your perspective that you love your art.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Thank you for saying that, Dawna. And you’re right, I do love my art, very much. Although I’ve spent my working life (from which I’m now retired) in science and analysis, I have inherited artistic leanings from a grandmother – two of us have – and “art” really is where I am and what I’m doing at this point in my life. I’ve been photographing for over 50 years, but there are two changes now – I’m thinking about my shots instead of just instinctively pointing my camera at beautiful things, and I’m vastly enjoying the creative potential that digital photography has given to us. Thank you again. Adrian 🙂

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