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Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel
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Copyright: Ido Taran (IdoTT) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300
Exposure: 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): wildlife of israel2, Falcons - I chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-08 15:35
Viewed: 5348
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Falco tinnunculus
Habitat: open space ' near roads and highways,fields and also seen in urban palces.
Length:31-37 c"m
Wing span : 68-78 c"m.
Feeds on insects field mice etc...
Nests on trees or ocassionaly in abandoned crow's nests and even in buildings.

I took the picture while leaning out of the car's window ( the car was at a halt )- hand held camera . The bird was almost above me at a distance . I managed to shoot some 12 pictures before it took off.

post processing : Saturation + brightness+ USM + NI.

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Nice shot taken under difficult circumstances. You did well, I like how the sunlight catches his underfeathers, feet and head. Nice clear photo.

  • Good 
  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-08 16:12]

Nicely done. Looks like a male. I guess you couln't back up the car to get a better POV.? 70-300mm I think you could have. Then again, they are skiddish.


Well done Ido. Nice capture of the kestrell. Very well done.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-09 4:39]

Good light, good blue sky and superb subject. Good work Ido!

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: *
POV: ****

Great shot, but a pity that you didn't get the face in focus.

Interesting subject that is nicely composed. The face however a bit out of focus. It could be because of a high F-stop but you did not specify the aperture setting used. Well done.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-19 15:32]

Ido, nice picture. I like the "pose" and the look of the bird.

Great job.


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