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Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - II chapter, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-11 1:25
Viewed: 3587
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser Kestrel (female)
Falco naumanni

Falco naumanni is a small falcon. This species breeds from the Mediterranean across southern central Asia to China. It is a summer migrant, wintering in Africa and Pakistan. It is rare north of its breeding range, and declining in its European range.

It is a small bird of prey, 27-33 cm in length with a 63-72 cm wingspan. It looks very much like the larger Common Kestrel but has proportionally shorter wings and tail. It shares a brown back and barred grey underparts with the larger species. The male has a grey head and tail like male Common Kestrels, but lacks the dark spotting on the back, the black malar stripe, and has grey patches in the wings.

Despite its outward similarity, this species appears not to be closely related to the Common Kestrel. In fact, mtDNA cytochrome b sequence analysis (Groombridge et al. 2002) places it at a basal position with regards to the other "true" kestrels (i.e., excluding the American Kestrel and probably the grey African kestrels too). Its divergence is tentatively placed to around the Miocene-Pliocene boundary (Messinian to Zanclean, or about 7-3.5 mya). The morphological similarity with the Common Kestrel is most puzzling, but still it appears to betray the present species' actual relationships: the lack of a malar stripe seems ancestral for kestrels, and the grey wing color unites the Lesser Kestrel with most other Falco species, but not the other true kestrels.

The Lesser Kestrel eats insects, which are often taken on the ground. It nests colonially on buildings, cliffs, or in tree holes, laying up to 3-6 eggs. No nest structure is built, which is typical for falcons.
It is widespread and plentiful on a global scale, but in many areas of its range, it seems to be undergoing a marked and possibly accelerating decline. The IUCN has thus classed it as a vulnerable species (VU A2bce+3bce). This means that the global population and range have declined by some 30% in the last 10 years, and is expected to continue to do so for at least another decade. Apart from possible habitat destruction, it appears that indiscriminate use of pesticides has a strong effect on this species due to its insectivorous habits (BirdLife International 2006).
*Sources: wikipedia

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Hi Selen
This is really nice shot of Lesser Kestrel.
Details, pose and colours are really good.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-11 1:47]

Hi Selen,
you are very lucky to get so close to this shy bird.
A superb shot clearly showing its brick-red markings.
+++ Sharp with great detail. Good diagonal composition and a decent POV. Natural colours and lighting.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

Hi Selen
great full frame showing all the id charachters

Hello Selen,
A beautiful bird and a great hunter!
The plumage is so delicate, captured with skill...
Good point of view and fine light on the subject, attractive composition!
Pablo -

Great capture! Love all the detail and the colors! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-11 5:29]

Hello Selen
Excellent capture of that Kestrel.Very sharp image whit great details.Lovely colors and very nice blue sky.I also like the catchlight in the eye.
TFS Michel

Hi Selen

Fantastic shot of this beautiful kestrel.
Excellent sharpness and great contrast against that blue sky.


Wow! Selene! Amazing sharpness and lightness. Very good background. Excellent shot. Best regards!

Hi Selen,
very good shot of this falcon not easy to approach, very well captured with great details and colors, very well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-11 6:57]

Hi Selen

A very nice shot of this charming Falco spcies.
I really like seeing that beautiful pattern it has on its plumage as well as the very sharp details on the head. That eye especially looks great and gives an extra contrast in the picture.
Very well exposed and presented.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-11 7:23]

Hi Selen,
Just marking this shot for a proper critique later. Facing acute internet problems hence doing a quick job. Sorry.

Merhaba Selen,
perfect pose of the great Lesser with the exposure and focus spot on!
great sharpness, vivid colour and details always
very well done and well seen
always with you

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-11 9:52]

Hello selen,
Great capture of a female Lesser Kestrel. Nice lighting, excellent sharpness and detail, superb composition and pleasing blue sky BG.
Very nice indeed!

Dear Selen
Great shot of this Lesser Kestrel,
Perfect details,DOF and lighting,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-11 10:06]

Hi Selen.
Nice, clear shot of this beautiful bird. Excellent exposure, contrast and saturation. I like the detail reproduction. All features of the bird are presented perfectly. Shot is composed perfectly too. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-11 11:47]

Hello Selen,
Beautiful photo of this Kestrel. Great natural colours and good sharpness. Very good composition and POV.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-11 13:17]

Hi Selen. you are so lucky to have seen and captured this beautiful bird. you have used the light so well to give fine detail in the feathers. and good colours. sharp focusing and light in the eye. you have such good blue skys for the BG. well done TFS. good notes too.

merhaba Selen hanım,
güzel bir tür, güzel bir çekim. netlik, göz teması, kompozisyon çok güzel. elinize sağlık. bu vesileyle bayramınızı en içten dileklerle kutluyorum.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-11 14:19]

Nice picture, very good color and sharpness
Regards, Dejan

Selam Selen:"Hayirli Bayramlar dilerim"

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-10-11 15:47]

Hi Selen
Wonderful Capture details so
crisp and clear.pose and color
stand out against the blue sky
tfs jon

Hi Selen,
A beautiful bird! I love Kesterls! You captured some nice soft sunlight shining on this lady. The spot on exposure has brought out the colors and detail of the plumage extremely well. Great blue sky backround.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-11 20:20]

Hello Selen

Just marking the post for now


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-11 20:48]

Hello Selen ! Very nice shot of this Kestrel, very sharp, well composed and a perfect exposure. Well done !


This is one of the nicest kestrel photos I have seen.
You have very good details.The eye contact is very good.
I want to wish you a good weekend.

Hi Selen,
Outstanding POV with extraordinay detailmand color. Very well captured.


Bonjour Selen,que dire sinon:"très joli",tout simplement.

Hi Selen,
I just add my praise here, no need to critisize the picture. The species is so much under way, it must be hard to catch it posing as you did. Bravo!
My best regards,

Hi Selen, :-). Preciosa foto del pequeño cernícalo común (Falco naumanni). Me gusta mucho la composición en diagonal, el colorido y la calidad de la foto. Un trabajo impresionante.


José Luis

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-17 6:47]

selam selen
bu guzel yirticiyi gokyuzunu arka plan olarak ayarlayip gayet iyi bir sekilde kadrajlamissin
kompozisyon, isik, renkler, detaylar ve bilgi notu basarili bir calisma olmus
eline saglik

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-10-19 15:03]

Veramente un immagine stupenda!
peccato il posatoio , ma questi uccelli spesso non lasciano molta scelta.
Un sincero e cordiale saluto Pierdamiano

One of my all time favorite birds. the image is nice and sharp. Great details. The natural colors are great as well.

Amazing shot.
Ciao e grazie.

Selen merhaba , nefis bir fotoğraf , iyi bayramlar , görüşmek üzere ... Akif .

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