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Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-26 5:57
Viewed: 2084
Points: 12
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i think this is a Shikra (immature?).

i found it in the Botanical Garden, at Shivpur... near Kolkata. it was a foggy day and hence sufficient light was not there. sorry for the poor sharpness, but this is what i could manage at that time.

and here i would like to admit one problem. i can't distinguish between a Hawk and a Shikra :(

yes, i was wrong. and am very angry on myself. again??!! but okay. this is called learning. ah! but when am going to grow up?! i mean, birds. of course!

thanks to Ivan Kruys (Argus) for correcting me. yes, well it seems to be a Common Kestrel to me now. but female? how could you know, Ivan? okay. i need to do some more studies on it.

and thanks to all others... Tom, Nagraj, Jose and George... when you people are there one has to be positive with their ups and downs.

i won't thank Steve :)
for if it is birds, he is beyond all these formalities :D

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
Female -vs- Male Falco tinnunculus.cuckooroller 2 02-28 06:45
To mwmod99: Shikrarubyfantacy 1 02-27 05:14
To nagraj: shikranagraj 1 02-26 23:43
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One can see this bird very clearly, no doubt. I am not well with the birds but this looks like sub species of Peregrine Falcon (Juv) because of the dark band below its eyes..well only an expert can id this..good one. tfs.

lets leave the sharpness on a site Ruby ...for a minute! Your Canon Powershot can deliver that's for sure! What I really love here is the milky white background, and the pleasant contrast created in this frame. To be honest I am also struggling to distinguish the Hawks and the shikras ...what the hell is "shikra" I wonder?
George Veltchev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-26 7:33]

Hello Ruby,
This is a female Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus),
a winter visitor to India. Taken with good light management and sharpness.

Hello Ruby
Great moment and lovely capture,I like the composition and the contrast with the BG.Impressive lighting.
Thank ou,
Have a good Sunday!
Best regards

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-02-26 13:16]

Hi Ruby
Agree with Ivan, it' s Common Kestrel
Very nice compo
And young Sparrowhawk and Shikra are difficult to tell apart fore sure

Ivan and Tom are right. Falco sp. are generally easy once you understand the jizz - more longilinear, the head markings (especially on the side of the head), the sharply tapering primaries, etc. You'll get the hang of it.

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