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Sparrowhawk and pigeon by Tage Christiansen

February 2021 - Sparrowhawk and pigeon

About the Image(s)

Title “Sparrowhawk and pigeon”

Technique 1/400, sec. f / 4.0, iso 200, 300 mm. Olympus OMD EM 1.

Picture was taken in our old garden in Glostrup in April (we moved to another house 2 years ago) I was lucky to discover that a sparrow hawk had just caught a pigeon and I hurried to find my camera.

7 comments posted

Dhananjay Rao   Dhananjay Rao
There is something about the wildlife action of hunting. Specially a raptor capturing its prey. Though this is stationary, the intensity of the raptor is very stunning. Sharp frame.

I tried a different frame and crop, let me know your thoughts.

While the right side of the frame looks empty, the small feathers scattered gives a sense of struggle it had while it may have tried to escape. Both views have fair points.   Posted: 02/08/2021 20:43:49
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Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Thanks for the comment and picture, I can see that "your" picture gives a very concentrated picture of the birds, but I like that there is a little more of the surroundings with and you can see that there has been a bit of a fight.   Posted: 02/15/2021 08:08:07

Robyn Carter   Robyn Carter
Fantastic image of hawk and prey. I prefer the posters image rather than the crop above, simply because it showcases more of the pigeons feathers in it's unfortunate demise. A litle action in a stationary image.

Pin sharp, intense, stunning. Well done.   Posted: 02/12/2021 00:09:45
Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Thank you very much for your comment   Posted: 02/15/2021 08:08:54

Margaret Frazer   Margaret Frazer
Stunning image. I do like the composition very much. I like the feathers flitting around on the ground. I think it adds drama to the image. The background is not distracting. A slight crop to the top and darkening of the grass on the right where it is yellowish would enhance the image. Overall a great capture.   Posted: 02/15/2021 10:52:19

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Your were very fortunate to have your camera at hand. Not a good day for the pigeon. The wider image shows more of the environment and not sure I prefer the crop version. One might say that the two grass blades are distracting and yes you could use content aware to remove them - not sure I would do that.

I can see that you were looking down at the sparrow hawk - wish you could have been lower to the ground - regardless a very nice image.   Posted: 02/15/2021 17:04:01

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
This is truly an outstanding image. You caught the action (or aftermath) and the birds are tack sharp which is a little surprising considering you were at f/4. Having a lower camera angle would definitely increased the drama.   Posted: 02/26/2021 11:34:20


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