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Matt K.
04-22-2011, 12:12 PM
Could not quite make it out, but I think it's a Merlin .... sat there waiting for supper to fly by ...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5107/5643070991_3430f4ae9b_b.jpg

Wicked Dark
04-22-2011, 04:53 PM
Looks like a cooper's. they have yellow eyes, Merlin eyes are dark and they aren't so orange-y in the front. nice catch though. I NEVER see these guys. Going too fast, I suppose.

Mad Aussie
04-22-2011, 05:29 PM
Cool. I reckon you could brighten his face up and make a really good shot out of this.

Hillbillygirl
04-22-2011, 06:25 PM
Nice catch there Matt, but agree with MA, needs a little lightening.
As for ID, not a merlin as no moustache, and not a Coop as they have rounded tail. Would say from head size and square tail you got yourself a Sharp-shinned.

Matt K.
04-22-2011, 08:57 PM
Thanks all for the kind words .. i have tried to enlighten the bird ... what do you think?

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5150/5644934664_8d86cbac4d_b.jpg

Mad Aussie
04-22-2011, 09:48 PM
Definite improvement Matt! Try dodging in the face only now ... get that eye to sparkle :)

Matt K.
04-23-2011, 01:05 PM
Definite improvement Matt! Try dodging in the face only now ... get that eye to sparkle :)

Ok, here it is ... wonderful what you can do with photoshop, and thanks for the help, MA ... so much more to learn

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5646152845_becb626955_b.jpg

Mad Aussie
04-23-2011, 04:14 PM
Ok, here it is ... wonderful what you can do with photoshop, and thanks for the help, MA ... so much more to learn


Happy to help. Now ... isn't THAT a huge improvement on the original. It's ALL about the eyes ;)

aubintbay
04-24-2011, 11:24 AM
Nice capture! I have to say the PP made a big diff!