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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-20 9:28
Viewed: 2360
Points: 20
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae. It is also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, or Old World Kestrel. In Britain, where no other brown falcon occurs, it is generally just called "the kestrel".
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.
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 less 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.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-20 9:32]

Hello Razvan.
Beautiful photo of this Kestrel with very good lighting, color tones, POV, composition, background and details.Best regards Siggi

wonderful image and photo performance!
regards Nasos

Salut Razvan,
Excelenta captura cu detalii si culori minunate. Ai surprins perfect acest vanturel destul de sperios, cel putin in zona mea, probabil din cauza vanarii excesive.
Pozitia pasarii si fundalul sunt foarte reusite.
Numai bine!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-20 11:08]

Hello Razvan,
Wonderful photo in fantastic sharpness and very beautiful light and colours. Great POV, composition and very pleasing eye contact.

Ciao Razvan, beautiful krestel in nice pose, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Razvan,
Interesting bird, I like a lot this pose!... Really I'm surprised with the rotation capacity of the head of this Kestrel!... About the shot, as always, very well managed!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-11-20 23:46]

Lovely portrait of this beautiful species, tfs.

Hello Razvan
Beautiful pose of the bird and beautiful photo with very good composition wonderful lighting, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

hello Razvan
very good picture with great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Salut Razvan,
Detalii bune, culori placute, fundal clar, compozitie de exceptie si pe langa toate astea contactul vizual face din acest cadru unul deosebit. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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