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Young Kestrel *for Joe, Necip and Vinny*

Young Kestrel *for Joe, Necip and Vinny*
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 640, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 2, For Joey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-18 12:50
Viewed: 4851
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A juvenile Kestrel at Stockers Lake nature reserve. We had a TN meeting at Joe's (Joey) local together with Necip and Vinny in August.

This young bird had difficulties in not falling off this wire.

From Birdguides:

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

In: Common Kestrel Ca: Xoriguer comú Da: Tårnfalk De: Turmfalke Es: Cernícalo vulgar Fi: tuulihaukka Fr: Faucon crécerelle It: Gheppio Nl: Torenvalk No: Tårnfalk Pt: Peneireiro-vulgar Sv: Tornfalk US: Eurasian Kestrel Ru: Обыкновенная пустельга

The silhouette of a hovering Kestrel is a common sight. This hovering habit is the easiest way to identify a Kestrel since it is the only small British bird of prey which does so. Its long, pointed wings indicate that it is a falcon and not a hawk, no other British falcon has such a long tail. The brown on the back is a warmer, redder tone than on any other small bird of prey and this usually contrasts well with the virtually black outer wing.

Breeds and winters in open woodland, parks, farmland, moorland and towns.

Although a British resident during winter, populations in northern Europe are migratory.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-18 12:54]

Hello Pekka,
Excellent capture of that Kestrel.Very sharp image whit great details.Lovely colors and very nice blue sky.
Best regards Siggi

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-18 13:03]

Wonderful image. The lighting is just perfect. Gary

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-18 13:31]

Hi Pekka. A fine close up of the Young Kestrel . It looks like its hanging on for all its worth. You have good detail and natural colours in the feathers. And thats blue sky one of the few we had this summer. well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-18 14:09]

Hi Pekka,
thanks very much for this :-)))
You got a significantly better shot of this Kestrel than I did, even though I sneaked in a bit closer.
This is razor sharp and full of detail.
Great composition.
Superb POV.

Very well done and thanks again! :-)


p.s of course this is into my favs!

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-09-18 14:15]

Hi Pekka
Nice to see this shot - not only was it struggling to hold on to the wire, it had Joey stalking it to contend with! ;p
The details have come out well, I like the yellow of the legs. Great exposure and sharpness as always. TFS

hello Pekka

excellent close-up shot of this juvenile Kestrel,
fine POV and framing, i love the way with the cable
the kestrel is framed diagonally on the image,
the sharpness and details are superb, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-18 16:27]

Hi Pekka,

Magnificent Kestrel and beautiful picture! I love the pose on the diagonal wire. You captured this Kestrel perfectly with excellent colors and super fine details of the entire bird. The plummage is superb. Beautiful blue sky for a background and a marvelous composition.


I look at these close in's and think of what in the world an I doing? I am always trying something new and different...and at 63, which is apparently not old but I feel it..I guess I could be just as good as you here and get one of these beasts...but I seem to be caught up in the new hi tech society of nature..trying to figure what went wrong and how to correct it... and in that..it is a good thing that great photographers as you are here to capture what is meant to be passed one in quality and genuine concern...so...in other words this is fine...and better than fine as one singer wrote!

Hello Pekka

A beautiful clear and well focused image of this kestrel.
The colours are vibrant and well saturated.
Excellent positioning in the frame.
The plumage detail shows well.
Nicely done.


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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-09-18 23:02]


Very sharp pic of the subject against a clear BG. The contrast between the sky and the the bird make it very catching to the eye and I think your pic is a quality posting.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-18 23:06]

Hi Pekka

Great capture - really sharp and 'clean'. Really impressive shot.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-18 23:16]

Hello Pekka,

Very nice composition. I like very much the POV. Excellent focus and sharpness. Wonderful detail of the plumage. Excellent light and colours.

Hello Pekka,

A really lovey shot of the young Kestrel, perfectly positioned on a diagonal rope across the frame.
The details of his plummage are very well recorded.
Has he seen something of interest on the ground? He looks very curious!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-19 4:42]

Hello Pekka,
Great photo of this Kestrel in beautiful light and colours. Fantastic sharpness and diagonal composition. Beautiful blue BG.

Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful Kestrel juv. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Pekka, good diagonal composition with beautiful bird, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-21 11:18]

Hi Pekka,
This is a very nice dedication. I am glad that you all have a chance to meet there.
I like the POV, pose you captured, the birdlooks nice against the blue sky. TFS
All the best,

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