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*Common Kestrel*

*Common Kestrel*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma DC 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, Hoya 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - I chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-29 8:21
Viewed: 4386
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Actually i was just out getting some pumpkins for Halloween at the
Pumpkin´Island at Dormagen when i saw this nice
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) male hovering over the fields.
Unfortunately i only had the 18-200mm with me which
was not enough for the distance, but i liked the look i got when he left.

The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of
prey belonging to the falcon family Falconidae.

This species is widespread in Europe, Asia and Africa.
The Kestrel is relatively small compared to other
predatory birds, but larger than most songbirds.
Kestrels have long wings as well as a distinctive long
tail. The kestrel's plumage is brown or grey with
black spots, and the male has a blue-gray head and tail.

Kestrels measure 34-38 cm from head to tail, with a
wingspan of 70-80 cm. The average adult male weighs
about 155 g, and the female weighs about 190 g.

Kestrels are diurnal and prefer an "open country"
habitat found in fields, heaths, and marshland. When
hunting, the Kestrel hovers, almost stationary, about
10-20 m above the ground searching for prey. Once prey
is sighted, the Kestrel makes a short, steep dive
toward the target. They are often found hunting along
the sides of roads and motorways. It has recently been
shown that the Kestrel is sensitive to ultraviolet
reflectance and hovering helps them pick out the urine
trails of rodents which reflect ultraviolet light.

Kestrels prey upon small mammals, including voles, as
well as small birds, large insects, earthworms and
frogs. A kestrel is capable of spotting prey at
amazing distances. It can see and catch a beetle 50 m
from its perch. Kestrels need to eat 4-8 voles a day,
depending on the time of the year and the amount of
hovering they do. They have a habit of catching
several voles in succession and cacheing some for later.
Kestrels nest on buildings or reuse the old nests of corvids.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Kestrel]

Kameramodell Canon EOS 20D
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 29.10.2006 12:19:14
Aufnahmemodus Blendenautomatik
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/1000
Av (Blendenzahl) 8.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur 0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 200
Objektiv 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Brennweite 200.0 mm
Bildgröße 3504x2336
Bildqualität RAW
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschminderung Aus
Dateigröße 6840 KB
Transportart Reihenbild-Aufnahme

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Hello Thorsten,
Excellent bird in action picture. The pose from this bird is lovely. Composition and exposure are great. Admirable picture.


Great capture!
The way he turns and looks at you.
Beautiful detail in the bird and still the blue of the sky.
I think I would have chosen a differnt frame to display it thought.
But great work.


Hello Thurstine,

Excllent in-flight photo, perfect details, very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, great Job,

TFS Kyle

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-29 9:14]
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Hi Thorsten,
wie hast du denn dem seine Aufmerksamkeit erweckt, er schaut dir ja regelrecht in die Linse. Super timing und klasse Schaerfe zeichnen das Adlerflugbild aus.

Hi Thorsten,
Great in flight shot! Good sharpness and exposure. I like how the bird is peaking backwards towards the camera. Well seen and captured!

Hi Thor,
Nice simple composition. Greatly capturing this pretty bird. Sharp. Nice clear blue sky for BG. Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-29 10:31]

I love the backwards glance. Excellent details and a great composition. Really good note as well



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-29 11:13]

Hello Torsten,
Sharp, well composed and well lighted are the ingredients that make this shot good. But as this kestrel had the sense to turn his head, thís shot has an extra bonus! Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-29 13:08]

Hi Thor,

Well captured and well seen,I like the way he turns his head ,maybe you imitated a mouse??,well captured with good colors,sharpness and details,



Hi Thorsten,
das ist ja unglaublich - sieht aus, als hätte er sich im Flug zu Dir umgedreht um zu sehen was Du treibst ;-)
Tolle Schärfe und supere Moment, vielen Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-30 5:28]

Hi Thor

Amazing performance with a 200mm lens! WOW! I know i have onyl a compact cam but it has a 432mm (35mm equiv) zoom and i definately didn't get any shots like this until now...i should get pointers from you :)
The pose of the falcon is really great, turning to give you that great glance.
Excellent lighting and details, lovely colors and perfect blue BG.
Very well done, my friend!

Cheers and TFS

PS: cool pumpkins, too :)

Hi thor,
After having a go recently at catching birds in flight with my recently acquired 70-200 I have more respect for images like this.Such an elegent subject.Well done in catching its look and therefore creating a complete view.The clarity is perfect with good detail despite it being so far away.Good work as always and keep well my friend.
Regards, David

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-30 11:13]

Hi Thor,
indeed a very nice image, with a great pov. I agreed about the frame, but I read your note and I see your point.
Regards, Jacob

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-10-31 7:02]

Perhaps "common" by name, but not by nautre and certainly not "common" in terms of a photo. This is an awesome capture with a superb composition. TFs

Nicely done Thorston,
What I like most of all is your POV and the pose of the bird here..Very good color, exposure, and detail mf.
Have a nice weekend!

Hello Thorsten,
So, you didn't have your telescope with you this time, lol. Anyway, you did really great by capturing this majestic bird. I like this sharpness and the look it is giving you. This is a wonderful capture with excellent composition, well done and TFS,

bonjour thorsten
je trouve le cadre un peu gros mais l'oiseau qui jete un regard vers nous cela me plais.

Hola Thorsten, una bella captura al vuelo con lo difícil que debe ser, dada la agudeza visual de estas aves. Un cordial saludo

Hallo Thorsten,
zum Falkner reicht es noch nicht - da mußt Du noch üben...ggg......
Sehr gute Momentaufnahme dieses Raubvogels! Dieser "Rüttler" ist übrigens der zweithäufigste Raubvogel in Deutschland. Sehr gute Schärfe, natürliche Farben und sehr guter POV.
Danke Dir.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-08 16:31]

Hi Thorsten
He is definitely giving youa pose. Great composition and frame. Good colours, sharpnes and light.
Well done mf


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-11 23:39]

Thorsten, this is great.

Excellent sharpness and composition to show us this guy.

I like the clear and blue sky too.

Beautifull... it looks like he is making eye-contact! Very great bird and very great picture to!

TFS Greetz Kristy

Hi Thor,
Wonderful flight shot! Good sharpness and exposure. I like how the bird is peaking backwards towards the camera.
Good work

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-09-23 16:46]

This is an unbelievable shot! I tried to go out with my falconry sponsor and take pictures of him flying his saker falcons once and even with my 200-500mm lens was unable to get a clear shot of them - not even one! And, kestrels are the smallest falcons, so that is really quite impressive. It's impressive enough to get a shot that is this clear with that lens of a kestrel, but to get such a stunning look with such incredible detail and coloring. You should be very proud!
TFS Steph

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