This was taken at the bird care-centre of our Fauna department at Rotterdam Airport.
Birds hate airports but we love birds! Our own birds that is.
Our birds are trained to chase-away all the other unwanted birds. This small one only finished 1/4 of her training but when she's finished she'll be a lean mean scare-off machine! I don't know what type of bird this is (I will find out and get back on that) but we have about 20 of these, trained by three falconers.
This method of driving away birds is proven very effective. All kinds of birds hang around or pass the airport on different times during the day, all year round. The three falconers know exactly where all the different unwanted bird come from and where they're going. They make sure the birds won't cause danger to the aircrafts and their passengers. Most airports work with sounds and light flares.
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timothy (115) 2006-07-28 11:35
This is a superb photo. Excellent choice of DOF to emphasize the subject. Looks like the bird has just finished bathing. The note is informative too. TFS
s10001in (0) 2006-07-28 22:50
Come on..you can make it more better man..
What that roof behind..in bokeh???
It is weird man!!!
You are on airport..
Come with some intresting story. Anything..any activity on airport.
Where We can see more life...more action..
Hope you can understand me!!!!
rahul__rahul__ (2250) 2006-07-30 10:26
nice picture, I like the pose of the bird in this, interesting picture.
chanjits (4454) 2006-07-30 21:04
You have captured very cute small bird dear I think it is a hawk kid so alert it looks like sitting on mans fist.
Silke (3027) 2006-07-31 11:55
This is a superb capture: great POV, well-handled dof, good composition. Interesting side-note: one of my friends from high-school was working in the high-pressure business world and burned out. He has always raised hawks and decided to hire himself and his birds out to local airports. He is now much happier and as busy as ever. Mother Nature takes care of those who care for her, it seems
pinkoxygen (49) 2006-07-31 23:59
This bird training scheme sounds amazing! It's certainly an interesting and clever way to beat Nature's problems posed to man.
Very lovely shot with superb clarity. You can almost see every feather.
Albanian (248) 2006-08-01 16:20
This is a great capture Gilbert. The Sharpness on the feathers of the bird is perfect and so is the blur in the bg. I think this image would have an even stronger impact if the crop was tighter (maybe even vertical composition). This would bring more emphasis on the bird.
I would include a bit of the green background and a bit of the bird house on the right.
Still, I really like this shot.
p.s. Excellent notes as usual!
MLINES (12516) 2006-08-01 17:49
Hi Gilbert.Good crystal clear photo of this very alert-looking falcon. Your focus is perfect, something not always achievable. Good to see.
blakitan (1311) 2006-08-02 21:04
Great close-up shot. Sharp and clear, with nice details. Great blurry BG. Excellent shot.
MIG13 (0) 2006-09-15 8:56
Hi, Gilbert! It's nice to know that there is a bird care-centre at Rotterdam Airport! It's a nice baby-falcon! Great shot, my friend! Best regards! Miguel.
jaja1970 (1304) 2006-11-13 7:16
This is so beautiful and sharp picture.
I love the colors and pov in your shot.
- Copyright: Gilbert Sopakuwa (startacked) (1355)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-03-30
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Pentax *ist DS, SMC Pentax-F 1:1.7 50mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-28 11:20