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Posted by Peter Ireland on Fri Nov 19, 2021 10:23 am

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Taken at a Red Kite feeding station in the Brecon Beacons.This Buzzard thought it could steal some meat, but a Red Kite (cropped out) had other idea's.

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by Peter Ireland on Fri Nov 19, 2021 10:28 am
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Here is the original image. As you couldn't see the Kite's face, I decided to crop it out. Any thoughts?
 

by david fletcher on Fri Nov 19, 2021 1:40 pm
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Whilst very appealing Peter, in its own rights, a crop of both has just as much appeal. Either way, great sighting.
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by Mary Brun on Fri Nov 19, 2021 2:52 pm
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Excellent images in both solutions,
perhaps for my taste I prefer the second where there are both birds, because it gives more sense to the action.
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by Gene Gwin on Fri Nov 19, 2021 4:38 pm
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Peter, I would have used the version you posted. Even though it's interesting to see the second bird, there's no real interaction between the pair and the Red Kite's eye(s) are not visible. Excellent details and dynamic pose.
 

by Carol Clarke on Fri Nov 19, 2021 5:15 pm
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I like the buzzard alone and with the red kite, Peter. Both actions and interactions are captured in excellent detail. What spoils them for me is the fencing and camo netting in the background. If that could be blurred out it would make a great difference IMO.

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by Todd Bauer on Fri Nov 19, 2021 7:54 pm
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My first thought is that mostly brown birds look rather drab to me unless they're directly sunlit, and then they're wonderful. This certainly qualifies. Actually, that's my second thought. My first thought is that you are to be commended for posting your uncropped image. It takes a sort of quiet confidence to do so, and newbies might actually learn something. If more people were willing to post their completely unprocessed images, particularly their best, they could learn a great deal. And I would think that would be a good thing. But I doubt many would be willing. (I apologize in advance for targeting your photo for my near rant. But I am impressed with your honest inquiry. It's refreshing). 
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by ADKShooter on Fri Nov 19, 2021 9:25 pm
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Gene Gwin wrote:
Peter, I would have used the version you posted.  Even though it's interesting to see the second bird, there's no real interaction between the pair and the Red Kite's eye(s) are not visible.  Excellent details and dynamic pose.


+1.  Gene echos my thoughts as well. Dynamic image of the buzzard.
 

by Peter Ireland on Sat Nov 20, 2021 6:35 am
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Thank you all for your feedback, much appreciated.
 

by Karl Egressy on Sat Nov 20, 2021 6:35 pm
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I like the one you posted originally better. Outstanding pose and detail. Telling the story on its own.
 

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