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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500mm f4/6.3 DG EX Apo HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Falcons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-06 4:28
Viewed: 2859
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The name kestrel is given to several different members of the falcon genus, Falco. Kestrels are most easily distinguished by their typical hunting behaviour which is to hover at a height of around 10–20 metres (33–66 ft) over open country and swoop down on prey, usually small mammals, lizards or large insects. Other falcons are more adapted to active hunting on the wing. In addition, kestrels are notable for usually having much brown in their plumage.

Kestrels require a slight headwind in order to hover, hence a local name of Windhover for Common Kestrel.

Plumage often—but unusually for falcons—differs between male and female, and (as is usual with monogamous raptors) the female is slightly larger than the male. This allows a pair to fill different feeding niches over their home range. Kestrels are bold and have adapted well to human encroachment, nesting in buildings and hunting by major roads.

Kestrels do not build their own nests, but use nests built by other species.

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Mooi moment lekker scherp en goeie compo, minpuntje: hij is wat aan de gele kant!

hallo Hans
super shot met zeer goed de details te zien hoe hij in de lucht staat
super scherp en mooie kleuren ,ik denk de avondzon die er op schijnt
groetjes lou

Hi Hans
Great capture of the bird hovering looking for prey...Excellent color and detail against a fine BG...TFS

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-06 8:40]

Great capture this lovely kestrel!
Wonderful colors and details.
The sky is amazing!

Very nice Kestrel shot. Extremely sharp and nicely frozen. I would push it to 300 kbyte as the background looks to have a bit too much compression.

Hallo Hans,

alweer een voorftreffelijke plaat.
Je maakt mooie vogelplaten en kan wel in de leer bij jou.
Nou ben ik oog geen vogelfotograaf.
Deze genomen mooi in het licht met warme kleuren.


Hi Hans. Best compliments for this dynamic capture in superb intrigant light and very good contrast.


Hi Hans,
great shot in the evening light I suppose?

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