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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-02 2:05
Viewed: 1430
Points: 36
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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".

This species occurs over a large range. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America[citation needed]. But although it has colonized a few oceanic islands, vagrant individuals are generally rare; in the whole of Micronesia for example, the species was only recorded twice each on Guam and Saipan in the Marianas.

Common Kestrels measure 3239 cm (1315 in) from head to tail, with a wingspan of 6582 cm (2632 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.

In the cool-temperate parts of its range, the Common Kestrel migrates south in winter; otherwise it is sedentary, though juveniles may wander around in search for a good place to settle down as they become mature. It is a diurnal animal of the lowlands and prefers open habitat such as fields, heaths, shrubland and marshland. It does not require woodland to be present as long as there are alternate perching and nesting sites like rocks or buildings.

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SUPERB.Felicitari Marius.O captura superba.Daca nu te superi unde ai facut fotografia?

HI Marius
照的清晰 很漂亮的老鷹
它的羽毛色彩真是漂亮 還有斑點 很奇特
眼睛炯炯有神 這個角度很棒
果實紅的可愛 和綠葉襯托著老鷹的美麗奇
光線亮麗 構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-02 3:02]

Hello Marius,
Great photo of this Kestrel in gorgeous clarity and splendid natural colours. Beautiful environment. Excellent sharpness, details and framing.

Hi Marius

Such a nice pose and perch to picture this Kestrel..The subtle colours of the Kestrel especially the grey of the head are revealed very nicely. The only small hitch for me is the square format.


Hello Marius
A superb picture of this Common Kestrel.
I like here the perfect environment, colour and superb clarity.
Best wishes,

Hello Mr.Marius,
Wish I could mark it as my Favorite picture!Amazing technique!
Outstanding capture of this Common Kestrel.Very clear and natural light and colour.A beautiful soft light allover the frame.Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-01-02 9:51]

Hello Marius,
excellent common kestrel,regards..

hallo Marius
super good sharpness composition in this tree with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-01-02 10:50]

Hi Marius.
What a wonderful shot. Work of the splendid lens (I had it some period) is stunning as well as your work as a photographer is. Bird, bushes with charming leaves and fruits look perfectly. Details as well as colours of the shot are perfect too. Well done and warm regards.

Hello Marius,
this is a beautiful image, very nice composition with the kestrel posing nicely on the beautiful bush. Very good exposure and colour too.
best wishes,

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird in a beautiful ambientation, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-02 14:31]

Hi Marius,not only a perfect capture of this kestrel,but a very rich and beautiful composition too,impressive quality and the best details as usual,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Marius
Beautiful photo. Good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-02 23:31]

A carnivorous kestrel on fruit bearing tree branch...interesting image..well captured too. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-03 11:00]

Hi Marius,
Very nice shot of a beautiful Kestrel.
Amazing colors and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Marius

I see that this photo was shot with the D300, your ducks in-flight photo shot with the D610
the link I gived to photographer friends (from a school on photography) telling them go view
what superb image quality is giving the D610 full frame camera.

Another great shot of this Common Kestrel with fine POV and framed by the foreground leafs,
once again in a wonderful light, great focus, sharpness, and details, the catch-light render
the eye-contact more beautiful, TFS


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2014-01-04 10:17]

Hello Marius
It's very impressive view, excellent light and colours , perfect sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

Another great taken from you Marius! Ligh/colours and tones are fantastic. Stunning details.


Hello Marius.
Good picture of this hawk. It is difficult to approach them. They have very good eyesight. In my area are also present. The fruits of Crataegus sp. give a very attractive colorful.
Have a nice evening

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