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|En: Rock Kestrel|
Fr: Faucon crécerelle
Lat: Falco tinnunculus
ROCK KESTRELS :
This species occurs over a large range. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America. Unlike most hawks they display sexual colour dimorphism with the male having a blue-grey head and tail. The tail is brown with black bars in females, and has a black tip with a narrow white rim in males.
Common Kestrels measure 34–38 cm (~13–15 in) from head to tail, with a wingspan of 70–80 cm (~27–31 in).
This is a diurnal animal and prefers an "open country" habitat such as fields, heaths, and marshland. When hunting, the Common Kestrel hovers about 10–20 m (~33–66 ft) above the ground searching for prey. Once prey is sighted, the bird makes a short, steep dive toward the target.
Kestrels prey upon small mammals, including voles, as well as small birds, large insects, and earthworms. They never prey upon toads: they hate the taste.
THE PIC :
Chick, on estimate one month old.
PP WORK :
Pic scanned with Paint shop Pro
Auto contrast in Paint shop Pro
Opened in Photoshop and then:
- in "curves", blue middle tones slightly decreased
- Saturation +15
- Hue +3
- Contrast +5
- Dust removed with clone brush.
(uitcome not quite as good as the paper print done from an EKTAR 25 ASA film)
Thanks for looking
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un leger bruit persiste sur les parties sombre du BG,mais ce n'ai pas evident d'avoir un plan aussi raproché d'un faucon et rien que pour cela je vous felicite.
- [2007-05-02 14:05]
Thank you very much for your interesting note.
You picture gives a nice detail, and the eye is very important here, very well picture.
- [2007-05-03 4:44]
Très joli portrait de ce faucon qui me semble encore bien jeune. Tu as fait un bon cadrage, il me semble juste que la netteté pourrait être améliorée (c'est mon problème aussi)