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author Greg (Greg Governale)
subjectWild life
title The Peregrine and The Mallard
date8/3/2003 3:30:46 PM
detailsBirds of prey are spectacular animals. They have a certain arrogance about them that makes them special. When this bird is in an area every other bird seems to head for cover. Fuji S2, Nikon 400mmf3.5, 1/60 f8, manual focus, manual exposure, tripod. Greg Governale
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1 Larry Korhnak   (8/3/2003 4:14:43 PM)
Great shot of a bluewing teal!
2 Jim C   (8/3/2003 4:20:54 PM)
Great wildlife shot ! detail spectacular. exposure spot on, the photo tells the tale. great work Greg. jc
3 Kazimierz Morski   (8/3/2003 4:38:14 PM)
Gret work! :)K.M.
4 Kazimierz Morski   (8/3/2003 4:38:33 PM)
Great! :)K.M.
5 Greg (Greg Governale)   (8/3/2003 4:41:30 PM)
Larry,thank you very much for looking at my image. I double checked my bird identification book and the duck in this image is definitely a mallard. It's definitely not a big deal, I felt very fortunate to capture this magnificent bird of prey standing over his/her conquest! Greg Governale
6 SharonS   (8/3/2003 4:50:34 PM)
Wow, outstanding wildlife shot!!
7 Einat Zvirin   (8/3/2003 5:06:02 PM)
Nature at it's best. Sad but realistic. Outstanding nature photograph.
8 KateWossner (keep on truckin')   (8/3/2003 5:20:59 PM)
Oh my, I could cry! Outstanding capture...
9 Reidar   (8/3/2003 5:31:55 PM)
10 Eleni   (8/3/2003 5:33:58 PM)
11 Armando Jorge   (8/3/2003 5:54:03 PM)
Excellent shot !! Great sharpness and details !!
12 Armando Jorge   (8/3/2003 5:56:45 PM)
Someone can tell me how can i Delete my last Rate???
13 Les McLean (**** ))   (8/3/2003 6:06:56 PM)
This bird of prey shot must be the one that every other contribution should be judged against.
14 Joel P Black   (8/3/2003 6:34:54 PM)
Ditto Les #13. Tremendous shot. Boy you know where to be.
15 KenNelson   (8/3/2003 6:43:12 PM)
16 nuno gaspar (miguel )   (8/3/2003 7:06:51 PM)
just fabulous (9.9)
17 MJFerron   (8/3/2003 7:09:09 PM)
Not a good day to be a duck. Superb capture Greg.
18 Larry Korhnak   (8/3/2003 7:39:10 PM)
#5 Greg(Greg Governale): Sorry, I should have checked my book! Great shot in any case.
19 Claudia Robinson (looie's mom :-o)   (8/3/2003 7:53:11 PM)
This is hard for me to view but an outstanding image and I ditto #13
20 Greg (Greg Governale)   (8/3/2003 7:57:14 PM)
thank you for all the comments, I was a little bit reluctant to post this image. I have been receiving mixed reviews from many people that live in my neighborhood. One person was upset with me for showing such an obscene image to their child.( a nine year old boy who thought it was cool ) Another person was convinced that images of this type should be banned and that photographers should have enough common sense to only shoot pictures of pretty things. I'm glad that the people on photoblink understand the difficulties involved in capturing this type of image, I also am extremely appreciative of all the nice comments!
Greg Governale
21 aocole (Art Cole)   (8/3/2003 8:21:35 PM)
Wonderful image that captures the reality of the natural world.
22 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (8/3/2003 8:58:34 PM)
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous and to post natural realisn in such a profession and non-gory manner is, IMO, triply acceptable. This is superlatively outstanding Greg! :O))
23 Deb   (8/3/2003 9:00:03 PM)
Greg, the sharpness and colors in this photo are spectacular and the capture is amazing (both by your camera and the peregrine).
24 Todd Burke   (8/4/2003 2:03:05 AM)
I agree with the 9 year! You've captured life. Those neighbors that thought this was obscene and should be banned need to get out more often. I'm a little shocked that someone say that to you, especially about this photo. There must be something else that was in the pictures that you cropped away...something...obscene...
25 herman blockx   (8/4/2003 2:20:41 AM)
Amazing capture, oustanding work, I agree with Les, I've seen a lot of raptor shots, but nothing quite like this! (scored 9.5)
26 Greg (Greg Governale)   (8/4/2003 3:06:58 AM)
to anyone interested....this is a full frame image, nothing was cropped out,I printed it earlier today at 24 in. by 36 in. on artist canvas. Tomorrow I will stretch it, put a linen liner around it and then frame it. Greg Governale
27 Miguel Lasa   (8/4/2003 3:32:47 AM)
Simply SUPERB !! The falcon pose with its prey
..everything works in this wildlife photo. (9.8)
28 Hans (photography or politics?)   (8/4/2003 4:32:58 AM)
Oh man, what a shot. Hard work pays off, be proud of this one dude. Everything works. Emotion, behaviour and technically great. 10.0
29 selimgumus   (8/4/2003 4:39:57 AM)
Woowww! Excellent Capture!
30 gmx (Gustav Miller)   (8/4/2003 5:17:38 AM)
Agree 100% with # 13 comment.
Outstanding wild-life photography.
Fantastic work.
31 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (8/4/2003 6:38:30 AM)
excellent capture. Not something I would hang on my wall but then that is true of many excellent photos...I feel sad for the duck but understand we all need to eat. well done.
32 ha kong sang (stephen ha)   (8/4/2003 8:16:13 AM)
Excellent capture , just outstanding .
33 Baku (Marcin Nawrocki)   (8/4/2003 8:19:00 AM)
excellent! the hunter and his victim!!! (9,5)
34 Lorraine54 (Don't worry be Happy and comment more)   (8/4/2003 8:21:03 AM)
Outstanding capture.
35 jakking (Jak King)   (8/4/2003 10:27:12 AM)
Well, everything has been said. A superb example of this genre of photography. A shot to be proud of for ever.
36 Krystyna   (8/4/2003 10:29:47 AM)
Excellent photo. Great job. Gratulation
37 Joao Pedro Silva   (8/4/2003 11:14:04 AM)
Every child should be aware of the "facts of life". Last year a friend of mine told me that there are companies that make vegetarian food for predators: to me that's obscene (and a perversion to Nature's design). This particular falcon is simply the fastest bird and looks like a balistic missile when it comes "falling" from the sky at 180km/h to hit a flying bird.
38 Stephen Bonk   (8/4/2003 11:47:17 AM)
I think this is the best Wild Life photo I have seen on PB. It is just outstanding. I am very surprised by the reaction of some of your neighbors. this is Nature and there is nothing "obscene" about it. I have 3 kids. The youngest is 10 and a nature/animal lover. I will be showing him this picture. (9.9)
39 KAY (........ .......)   (8/4/2003 12:25:55 PM)
Congrats on a super image Greg..kay
40 Trovador   (8/4/2003 1:11:06 PM)
just fabulous...Congrats!
41 Michael Lilly   (8/4/2003 1:52:55 PM)
Sometimes through photography we are able to glimpse a moment in time that is truly rare and remarkable- this is one of those moments, a powerful testament to the harsh reality of life and death. I feel kinda priveleged to be able to view scenes like this that I will likely never personally witness. Extraordinary image!
42 MarioP   (8/4/2003 2:03:58 PM)
I saw one of these "working" a few days ago... they sure look fabulous! Just superb this catch: you're right, these images do have much more impact.
43 Greg (Greg Governale)   (8/4/2003 2:05:40 PM)
thank you for all the comments, I find people's opinions extremely interesting and I respect them all. I appreciate the comments. They help me look at an image through other people's eyes. Greg Governale
44 Regina Lopes   (8/4/2003 2:07:00 PM)
Outstanding. Great sharpness... details and this bird with the prey is fantastic.
45 Andy P. (No Friends - No Blinks)   (8/4/2003 2:23:51 PM)
Lol, this is "obscene." Some people are convinced that everything that even suggests violence or harm is going to corrupt their child and cause all the problems in the world.

Okay this is image is perfect, I even scoured it with the magnifying glass tool, lol. I love how the background is almost a unicolor, it keeps it from being distracting at all and makes it so easy to concentrate on the scene at hand. I guess the only "rule" that this could come close to not following is the golden rule idea that something important must be in the lower right corner. But as the viewer looks at this I don't think they will be thinking about that at all =) 9.7
46 Pascal Meerpoel   (8/4/2003 3:38:13 PM)
Superb catch ! fabulous shot ! Congrats!
47 Louison   (8/4/2003 4:25:09 PM)
To me, there is nothing obscene in nature. It is governed by need and instinct. The animal who falls a prey to another fights for its life but it must also sometimes loose, otherwise, the ecological balance is lost. What is really obscene is what man does to the Earth, and what that does to animals and other members of mankind. What is even more obscene is what the cinema industry thrives on (and which can be seen all over): violence.

In a way, this is beautiful. The bird of prey has no anger or hate, it needs to eat and does what it must to achieve that.

This photo renders that and very well. I've seldom seen them that good. Congratulations, Greg!
48 Richard Nowak   (8/4/2003 6:15:06 PM)
#20 Greg(Greg Governale):

Beautiful work Greg! Those people who complain have probably never seen a Discovery or National Geographic special.
49 Corry   (8/4/2003 6:48:49 PM)
Outstanding! Grandios!
50 KarenJ   (8/4/2003 9:25:10 PM)
A perfectly captured image Greg, escellent detail and colour tones, and very well composed.
51 fagoar (Fausto Araujo)   (8/5/2003 8:17:55 PM)
This is an outstanding picture. The plumage of the peregrine falcon is absolutely fantastic. I did not know that they could capture a large bird as a mallard but there it is. Beautiful.
52 gerald johnson   (8/5/2003 8:24:33 PM)
I like your bird photos. You must care for them, gerald
53 Rick Coleman   (8/5/2003 9:34:05 PM)
Greg, this is awesome! The falcon looks so strong and powerful. You have very nice lighting and exposure. I like the way the lighting is coming off the top of his head. Combined with the captured prey makes this a photo that packs a big punch. I'd like to hear more details on the story behind the shot...
54 rachelbilodeau (Rachel Bilodeau)   (8/5/2003 11:11:27 PM)
outstanding nature shot and all has been said already - stupid question but do these birds attack humans and if they do, are you somehow scared when getting close enough to get the shot, or are you hidden and protected? It is a fabulous looking bird. I feel bad for the Mallard that I often shoot (with camera) but such is life, and after life.
55 Richard Nowak   (8/5/2003 11:38:48 PM)
#54 rachelbilodeau(Rachel Bilodeau):
These birds do not attack humans. I really don't know of any bird that does. I've known some people who have trained falcons to hunt birds for them. Really amazing to see them take a bird in flight. And they bring it right back to their owner/trainer.
56 R.Lowery   (8/6/2003 12:05:15 AM)
---air of arrogance? No, that is self-confidence!! These
'masters of flight' rule the airways. They have been clocked
at 200 mph in a stoop (dive). As a falconer, I have long
admired their flying abilities. Commonly known as the
"Duck Hawk", this is one of the many subspecies of the
Peregrine Falcon.(falco peregrinus) Such kills are not obscene ---he is
at the market with fresh meat!! There are no emotions in
nature, just consequences. The duck got outflown!!
57 Greg (Greg Governale)   (8/6/2003 3:19:52 AM)
I really appreciate all the comments! Thank you all very much. As far as I know these birds do not attack humans. I know of no birds that attack humans in North America on a regular basis. Occasionally during nesting season great horned owls will sometimes dive bomb humans in defense of their nest. On very rare occasions some people have been injured because of the large powerful talons. The rhea a very large bird from down under, sometimes attacks humans. Seriously injuring some people. Greg Governale
58 karspy   (8/6/2003 4:32:18 PM)
59 cyclejoc (Jonathan Garcia)   (8/11/2003 9:23:45 AM)
Love the details! S2 is a great camera. Thanks for sharing.
60 Amuletum ( )   (8/11/2003 9:53:51 AM)
This is just real life and a real life situation. Although not a lovely thing to watch, definitely something that has to happen. You did great with this - I'd be proud to have gotten this. I agree with Cheryl, though - probably wouldn't hang it on my wall. Thanks for sharing through your magnificant photos.
61 Krystyna   (8/12/2003 8:36:18 AM)
Good photo.
62 JEFFC   (8/12/2003 7:13:02 PM)
I just love it, Great work
63 Tamahawk (Tamara Hawkins)   (8/13/2003 1:24:29 AM)
Not to offend anyone, but I shot with a camera, but I also shoot a 12 gauge quite well, I eat what I kill. I believe that is the way of life! Gorgeous capture, in every way!
64 Petur (Klettur Einarsson)   (8/14/2003 3:12:21 PM)
65 mplonsky (gone to greener pastures)   (8/15/2003 2:15:36 PM)
Absolutely stunning. COngrats.
66 Curtis Forrester   (8/18/2003 10:46:26 PM)
None better!
67 Greg (Greg Governale)   (8/22/2003 4:08:48 PM)
all of the comments are greatly appreciated. Even my neighbors seem to be coming around with their feelings about this image. Greg Governale
68 Richard Nowak   (8/22/2003 6:10:34 PM)
#67 Greg(Greg Governale):
Tell them the duck was defective.
69 DianeL   (8/27/2003 8:29:31 AM)
WOW ! What else can I say ? Awesome pic Greg .To do what you do,I can only dream of.
70 Zygfryd Homonto   (9/2/2003 2:10:25 AM)
The winner !
71 jerry davis   (9/4/2003 2:26:46 AM)
I hate this theme, makes me ill. But it is one of the finest technical images ever.
72 Greg (Greg Governale)   (9/4/2003 12:30:13 PM)
the comments on this image are greatly appreciated. I read all of them very carefully and respect everyone's opinion. It was not my intention to offend anyone in any way. If I did accidentally offend someone I am sorry. We all, live, work and eat! I do understand that the scene may not appeal to everyone, I also understand that many people would not want to display this image on their wall. Thanks again, you all have helped me very much!
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