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Greater Kestrel

Greater Kestrel
Photo Information
Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 10 N: 494] (4536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A450, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-28 4:26
Viewed: 4374
Points: 19
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A Greater Kestrel female sitting on a roadmarkstone in Etosha Nationalpark.
The Greater kestrel is, as one would expect from its name, the largest of the kestrels found in the southern African region, being some 37 cm in length. The sexes are alike in plumage, the females being slightly larger than the males. Overall, the plumage of the adults is pale rufous, the back, upper wings and sides are barred, streaked and spotted with black and the breast is streaked. The rump and the tail are grey, with black bars and the tail is tipped with white; the bill is blue-grey; the legs and feet are yellow and the eyes are pale yellow.

The bird is 29–37 cm long with a wingspan of 68–84 cm.
It occurs in open, arid areas where it inhabits grassland, savannas and semi-desert. It is often associated with acacias. It prefers areas where the ground cover is lower than 50 cm. It is found from sea-level up to 2150 metres, particularly between 800 and 1800 metres.
It is fairly common and widespread in the southern parts of its range but is scarce and patchily distributed further north. The form F. r. rupicoloides breeds in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, parts of Angola and Zambia and in much of South Africa apart from the wetter regions of the south and east. F. r. arthuri is found in Kenya and northern Tanzania while F. r. fieldi occurs in Ethiopia, Eritrea, northern Somalia and probably northern Kenya.
Greater Kestrels use the old nest of another bird for breeding, such as that of a Cape Crow or Pied Crow. A typical site is between 2 and 20 metres above the ground in a tree or sometimes on a telegraph pole or pylon. Two to seven eggs are laid with three or four being most common. They are incubated for 22 to 23 days, mainly by the female. The young birds fledge after 30 to 34 days and remain dependent on their parents for at least 26 days longer.

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Hello Pierre,
An excellent captured of this Greater Kestrel, impressive eye-contact, fantastic details sharpness against a very nice pleasing background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

hello Pierre
very nice picture with good details and good sharpness
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-28 6:55]

Hello Pierre,
Fantastic photo of this Greater Kestrel. Excellent sharpness, details and POV. Beautiful natural colours. Very good blurred BG. Nice eye contact.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-09-28 12:57]

what a stunning eye contact

Hi Pierre,
very nice photo of this bird. Excellent point of view. Very good sharpness and many details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Pierre
Interesting species and impressive photo with very good composition and wonderful colours. Very good sharpness too.

Bonjour Pierre,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle lumière par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Pierre,
Image for this magnificent female kestrel,
excellent detail and clarity, good light management.
Congratulations beautiful capture.

good evening

congratulations for the picture, excellent details and very nice colors, good control for the light,very nice subject !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

very beautiful scene, the light helps for a great photo performance!
regards Pierre

A pity the light was too much from one side for this picture of this marvellous bird. Perhaps you could lighten the left side using the dodge tool in a post-processor?

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