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Friday, 4 May 2012

Male Marauder - on 1st May. 2012

In a previous post I published an image of a Sparrowhawk in our garden, saying I was not sure whether it was an immature male or female. I didn't get any suggestions in response to this. This one that visited briefly on Tuesday is definitely a mature male, however! The image is poor as it was throwing it down with rain, and it was taken through window glass that the rain was falling on  - it's a wonder that I got any sort of focus! This has been heavily 'post-processed' - the original was far worse!!

Sparrowhawk (male) - our garden

6 comments:

  1. No chawfinch or Robins thatt day I suposse........... :-)

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    1. It wasn't a problem, el Campero. The Sprawk was only around for s few seconds, and the rest of the garden birds were back 5 minutes later.

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  2. With all of the obstacles you faced this is a great shot Richard!

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    1. Thank you Phil, but it really was VERY HEAVILY post processed. The camera had over-compensated for the dull conditions so it was badly over-exposed. Had to exposure compensate by a -0.5 factor. It was then too flat, so had to apply a +98 contrast adjustment. Then a 3 factor sharpening (I rarely apply more than 1). I then had to pass it through Neat Image to reduce the noise, and to apply a further 200% sharpening!! Having re-sampled it down to 1000 pixels on its longest side it just about looks acceptable for the blog, but would look really bad at anything bigger.

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  3. Right...Now I'm jealous!

    You get two and I've not seen one in my garden for months! Stunning creature. Actually, while teaching on Thursday afternoon, stood at the whiteboard (yes, whiteboard), a female SH glided past the classroom window. I stopped briefly, enjoyed the sight, and just carried on. I don't even think the children noticed! Says a lot for their listening to me!

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    1. I reckon you've got them so well trained that they too were mesmerised by the passing Sprawk.

      Don't be too upset by not seeing one in your garden for months - better that than too often!!

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