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Common Kestrel (Tornfalk)

Common Kestrel (Tornfalk)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha SLT A77, Tamron AF SP 70-300/4-5,6 Di USD
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-18 5:18
Viewed: 3415
Points: 34
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Thanks for the comments on my previous post.

This is a Common Kestrel that I found down at the beach at Landa Beach in Ayia Napa.
This bird was not shy and let me get very close, 6-7meter before it took wings and flew away about 20 feet before it sat down and waited for me again.
I got some nice pictures for 20 minutes before I went on.
At home in Sweden you cannot get closer than 50-100 meters before they fly away.
This was a very nice meeting with a very beautiful bird. Too bad it was sitting on a rusty pipe instead of something natural.

From Wikipedia
Common Kestrels measure 32–39 cm (13–15 in) from head to tail, with a wingspan of 65–82 cm (26–32 in). Females are noticeably larger, with the adult male weighing 136-252 g (c,5-9 oz), around 155 g (around 5.5 oz) on average; the adult female weighs 154-314 g (about 5.5-11 oz), around 184 g (around 6.5 oz) on average. They are thus small compared with other birds of prey, but larger than most songbirds. Like the other Falco species, they have long wings as well as a distinctive long tail.[4]
Their plumage is mainly light chestnut brown with blackish spots on the upperside and buff with narrow blackish streaks on the underside; the remiges are also blackish. Unlike most raptors, they display sexual colour dimorphism with the male having fewer black spots and streaks, as well as a blue-grey cap and tail. The tail is brown with black bars in females, and has a black tip with a narrow white rim in both sexes. All Common Kestrels have a prominent black malar stripe like their closest relatives.
The cere, feet, and a narrow ring around the eye are bright yellow; the toenails, bill and iris are dark. Juveniles look like adult females, but the underside streaks are wider; the yellow of their bare parts is paler. Hatchlings are covered in white down feathers, changing to a buff-grey second down coat before they grow their first true plumage.

Source and more info in different language here

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-18 5:26]

Hello Gert,
Fantastic photo of ths Torenvalk (dutch) in splendid light and impressive sharpness and details. Great pose with eye contact. Perfect POV, DOF and composition. Beautiful background too.

Ciao Gert, my old friend, great capture of lovely rapax in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Bela foto muito bem focado e com cores agradáveis parabéns.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-18 6:29]

Hello Gert
what a wonderful shot. excellent sharpness and the features and details of fhe feathers are really fabulous.
what a shot.


Hello Gert
a fantastic picture of this Common Kestrel.
beautiful colour and sharpness.
best wishes,

Never mind the rusty perch, Gert. It is still a masterpiece from your professional hands.
This Common Kestrel you shot during your vacation is an elegant and regal bird. In this picture we get a perfect impression of its features.
Really very delighted to get the opportunity to see your work off and on here on TN.
Warm regards.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-01-18 7:02]

Hello Gert
Excellent closed up.Good point of view and sharp image with excellent plumage details.Good eye contact and nice catch light in the eye
TFS Michel

But not a common capture..wow, talk about EYE CONTACT! Just superb!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-01-18 7:18]

Hej Gert!
Superb capture of this Tornfalk!
The strong lighting was well used to give excellent natural colours and the sharpness is top. Great pose with fantastic eye contact.
Högsta betyg!Well done and thanks,

Idag har jag fått mina glasögon och kan se igen!
Du är klok som bor på Cypern! Här har vi en halvmeter snö och minusgradigt. Men vi tog en sista minutersresa till Gran Canaria och det var värt trots att jag inte hade synen tillbaka.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-18 7:44]

Hi Gert,spectacular capture of thia magnificent kestrel,it seems a bit suspicious of you and your camera..ehehe...the best moment whit the best light for the best colors and details,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Gert,
A terrific capture with such beautiful coloration, markings & pose. Excellent work & presentation. TFS & best wishes!


Hi Gert,
really beautiful portrait. Amazing colours and composition. Perfect sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Gert,
Super good details and beautiful colours.

Hi Gert
Looks like you took advantage of the golden hour good timing. Terrific pose with eye contact. The best part for me is the sharpness and clarity of the image. A beautiful portrait of a beautiful bird.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hello Gert

Great close-up shot of the Common Kestrel
with his lovely eye-contact with you,
fine POV & appropriate vertical framing,
winderful light, great focus, sharpnes, details, TFS


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2013-01-22 14:38]

Merhaba Gert,
her zamanki harika fotoğraflarını özlemişim..bu da onlardan biri.
tebrik ederim, saygılarımla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-21 5:35]

Hello Gert,
It was very nice to hear from you and this made me look into your gallery. Missed some beautiful pictures, like this one you made in Cyprus, where you seem to spend your winters :-)
Fine pose, beautiful light and perfect sharpness. As usual well done!
Kind regards

An excellent close capture, lovely details and warm colours.
Regards, Filippos

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