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Falco vespertinus

Falco vespertinus
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Copyright: Bedri Kalemci (bedri) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma APO 500mm f/4.5 EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-04 13:04
Viewed: 2530
Points: 12
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Falco vespertinus / Red-footed falcon / Aladoğan ( Tr. )

The Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus), formerly Western Red-footed Falcon, is a bird of prey. It belongs to the family Falconidae, the falcons. This bird is found in eastern Europe and Asia although its numbers are dwindling rapidly due to habitat loss and hunting. It is migratory, wintering in Africa. It is a regular wanderer to western Europe, and in August 2004 a Red-footed Falcon was found in North America for the first time on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

The Amur Falcon was formerly included herein as a subspecies but it is nowadays considered well distinct. Nonetheless, it is the present species' closest relative; their relationship to other falcons is more enigmatic. They appear morphologically somewhat intermediate between kestrels and hobbies and DNA sequence data has been unable to further resolve this question, mainly due to lack of comprehensive sampling. They might be closer to the Merlin than to most other living falcons, or more generally related to this species and American falcons such as the American Kestrel and the Aplomado Falcon.[1]

It is a medium-small, long-winged species. The adult male is all blue-grey, except for his red undertail and legs; its underwings are uniformly grey. The female has a grey back and wings, orange head and underparts, and a white face with black eye stripe and moustaches.

Young birds are brown above and buff below with dark streaks, and a face pattern like the female. Red-footed Falcons are 28-34 centimetres (11-13½ in) in length with a wingspan of 65-75 centimetres (25½-29½ in).

This is a diurnal bird of open country with some trees, often near water. Its distinctive method of hunting is shared by the Common Kestrel. It regularly hovers, searching the ground below, then makes a short steep dive towards the target. The Red-footed Falcon's main prey is large insects, but it will also take small mammals and birds.

This falcon is a colonial breeder, reusing the old nests of corvids, such as Rooks. It lays two to four eggs.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-footed_Falcon

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-06-04 13:37]

Hello Bedri
This is the best closeup of Red-footed falcon I ever seen. Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-04 14:58]

Bedri merhaba,
Seni burada yeniden görmek güzel.Her yönü ile nefis bir kare,kadraj yerleşimi ayrıca çok hoş.
Eline sağlık....
Bi slavên germ,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-06-04 15:59]

Hi Bedri,
Wow,Fantastic photo of this beautiful falco.Gorgeous light and colours very good composition and sharpness details.Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-05 0:39]

Hello Bedri,
Very beautiful photo of this Red-footed Falcon in splendid colours against a superb blurred BG. Excellent sharpness, details, POV and composition.

Hi Bedri,
Welcome in the year 2011. I see that you decided to stop giving critique almost a year ago. So why are you still uploading photos. Did your keyboard break down?
Anway, the photo is most wonderful and it shows your high skills of photography. I am sure that you are able to help out others with photography by writing critiques and explaining the technique.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-05 12:32]

Hi Bedri,

Excellent sharp photo of a wonderful bird. The light and sharpness are impressing.


Hello Bedri,
This is a very beautiful image of The Red-footed Falcon, impressive details sharpness, colours and light are fantastic, very nice pleasing background, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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