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Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-16 6:52
Viewed: 2016
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was such a fantastic opportunity in terms of location, proximity, light, wind and time I really regret not having a better gear, a half decent telephoto lens. This was taken high up in the Sahyadri mountains overlooking a cliff, a perfect setting for such Raptors.

Still uploading the best I could manage in the resources available, for the sheer joy of enjoying such a remarkable sight, a real marvel of aerodynamics.

Hovering Common Kesterl (Male)- Falco tinnunculus

The Kestrel is a true falcon, but it is unusual in its flying style & prey. Like most birds of prey, its preferred method of finding prey is still-hunting, when hunting in flight it is unique in being the only bird of prey to be able to hover. Kestrels "hover" facing into the wind, so they are moving through the air, but staying stationary with respect to the ground, this is called "wind-hovering". The oncoming wind gives sufficient lift to remain stationary with respect to the ground, the tail is spread, supplementing the air-catching effect of the wings, the alulas (feathers at the front bend of the wing) are raised & wingtip feathers separated to reduce turbulence which would cause stalling at such effectively low speeds. They are also able to dip their head downwards, much further than other falcons, enabling them to spot their prey from a much more upright position when hovering. They have evolved such that they can keep their head still, while flapping their wings fast, high-speed video photography has shown that the head will move as little as 1/4" during wind-hovering. Hovering in such a manner uses a lot of energy, but studies have shown that they catch around 10-15 times as much food as when searching in flight or still-hunting. Under strong wind conditions, Kestrels can also stay poised in the air, with their wings wide open & still, referred to as "kiting".

Above info is from http://www.pauldfrost.co.uk/kestrel.html

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-16 6:57]

Hello Himanshu,
Very beautiful photo of this hovering Kestrel in splendid light, beautiful colours and good sharpness. Fine composition.

Ciao Himanshu, great capture of lovely rapax in fantastic fly, perfect focus, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Himanshu my neighbor today.
Great capture of this in-flight Common Kesterl with perfect sharpness and colour.
i like the nice back light.
best wishes,

Hi Himanshu,
excellent shot of this bird. Amazing composition. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Himanshu,
This is a lovely shot, but I think that you can improve the sharpness.See my WS,please.TFS
Best wishes from,

PS: tahnsk so much for your kind comments in my photo of Guira Coocku family.I appreciated it.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-01-17 6:56]

Hi Himanshu,
Very good capture ..
Very beautiful photo in nice sharpness and details.
Best wishes,

Hello Himanshu,
An excellent in flight image of Kestrel my dear.You captured it with nice clarity and beautiful light effect,an unique POV and lovely composition.
TFS and my regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-01-19 3:14]

Hello Himanshu.
Wonderful capture of the Kestrel from a very fine POV. I like the sharpness, the colours and the backlight on the wings. Regards Siggi

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