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Wings out!

Wings out!
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Bali, Indonesia
Date Submitted: 2008-12-07 16:22
Viewed: 5355
Points: 16
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Spotted Kestrel
Falco moluccensis microbalius

Also known as Moluccan Kestrel

Distribution and habitat
Spread throughout Australasia, Indomalaya, and most of Wallacea, the Spotted Kestrel inhabits grasslands with scattered trees, lightly wooded cultivation, and the edges of primary and tall secondary forest. Along logging roads, it occasionally penetrates forests, and sometimes inhabits clearings within forested areas. It has also been known to live in areas of human habitation.

The Spotted Kestrel feeds primarily small mammals, birds, lizards, and insects.

This picture was taken at the Bali Bird Park.
Thanks again to Steve Pryor (cuckooroller) for helping with the ID.


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Tomial Teeth - Bobaircuckooroller 2 12-08 19:50
To cuckooroller: Thanks for the ID : )manyee 1 12-08 06:44
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Can't help you with ID but the patterned wings are lovely in the sunlight. The photo looks a tiny bit soft but I'm sure it would sharpen up nicely. I'll bet you saw a lot of unfamiliar birds in Bali.

Evelynn : )

Hello Manyee,
Superb capture of this beautiful hawk.
It looks to me to be perhaps some kind of falcon or kestrel, but I may be wrong.
Excellent light on this one, and beautiful colour and detail in the feathers.
Very nice work.

Love the light here ManYee, wonderful pose with the wings draped out & down.
Very nice details, colors, and it doesn't matter that the wings are clipped a bit IMO.
Well done!

Hi Manyee this is most definitely a falcon as it has the little "tooth' that bit of yellow just below it's nostril on the beak, now as to the exact name of this bird species it could be a kestrel or some sort of merlin.Sorry I don't know more information.The photo is sharp and well focused showing good colour and details and if there is one thing that could of been different is how you cropped the bird as you have cut off the wing tips at the time of photoing it or in post production.This is a fine little falcon just the same and thank you for sharing with us. Bob

Hello Manyee,
Superb capture of this beautiful hawk.
The photo looks a tiny bit soft but I'm sure it would sharpen up nicely.
Very nice work.

Hi Manyee,
One right down my wheelhouse. Always pretty easy to immediately recognize genus Falco. Anyone thinking this some kind of Kestrel, wins the kewpie.

This is an adult female [males of this species have a blue-grey (or just grey)] tail, unbroken by transverse barring, but with a subterminal dark band (blackish), and with white retrical tips. This sex also should have the dark subterminal and the white tips, but this is a captive bird, the distal tail is extremely worn, and those features have simply broken off.

This is Falco moluccensis microbalia (some authorities recognise a putative race javensis for the birds ranging on Java and Bali).

Spotted Kestrel (aka Moluccan Kestrel).

Nice bird.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-08 11:58]

Hello Manyee,
What a great photo! The light on the back and the pose are splendid. Excellent sharp markings. Fantastic eye-contact.
Very, very beautiful!

Hi Maynee,
What a wonderful composition with this superb bird! He is posing for you :)You captured superb details with perfect exposure and natural colors. This is a very nice specie. Thanks,

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