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Rock Kestrel

Rock Kestrel
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1991-08-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon A1, Canon 70-150, Kodak Ektar 25, No Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-03 4:02
Viewed: 4443
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
En: Rock Kestrel
Fr: Faucon crécerelle
Lat: Falco tinnunculus
Nl: Torenvalk

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.

Young one just out of the nest. with young ones you still can't distinguish males from females.

Pic scanned from a paper print.
Crop 80%
autolevel (effect then removed on the top right corner)

Thanks for looking


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-03 4:06]

Hi JeanMarie,
this is a great shot with a brilliant POV.
Well done,

Hola JeanMarie,
Jeje, parece que mira de reojo a la cámara. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-07 10:43]

Hello JeanMarie,
Very fine shot of this young Rock Kestrel in a charming pose. I'd guess he's preening himself. Great sharpness and very nice colours. Well composed too!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-07 16:15]

selam JM; nice close up shot of this kestrel,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

Hi JeanMarie,
It is wonderful capture. Action very very good. Sharpness and details of the bird great.
best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-18 15:09]

Hi JeanMarie.
I like your so impressive and perfectly composed shot of this beauty bird. Despite the complex light condition picture is exposed very well, colours are great, pose of the bird is nice and attractive. Excellent job and TFS.

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