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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-07 7:32
Viewed: 1814
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae. It is also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, or Old World Kestrel. In Britain, where no other brown falcon occurs, it is generally just called "the kestrel".

This species occurs over a large range. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America[citation needed]. But although it has colonized a few oceanic islands, vagrant individuals are generally rare; in the whole of Micronesia for example, the species was only recorded twice each on Guam and Saipan in the Marianas.

Common Kestrels measure 3239 cm (1315 in) from head to tail, with a wingspan of 6582 cm (2632 in). Females are noticeably larger, with the adult male weighing 136-252 g (c,5-9 oz), around 155 g (around 5.5 oz) on average; the adult female weighs 154-314 g (about 5.5-11 oz), around 184 g (around 6.5 oz) on average. They are thus small compared with other birds of prey, but larger than most songbirds. Like the other Falco species, they have long wings as well as a distinctive long tail.

In the cool-temperate parts of its range, the Common Kestrel migrates south in winter; otherwise it is sedentary, though juveniles may wander around in search for a good place to settle down as they become mature. It is a diurnal animal of the lowlands and prefers open habitat such as fields, heaths, shrubland and marshland. It does not require woodland to be present as long as there are alternate perching and nesting sites like rocks or buildings.

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hello marius
this is SUPER good
i like this composition with the nice BG and great sharpness
lovely light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Beautifully composed image with fantastic color gamut, pleasant depth and simplicity Marius! Seems to me a rare encounter where the Kestrel is following every single move of your camera! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Marius,
Beautiful composition with outstanding details and lovely colours.
TFS and my regards,

Hello Marius
what nice picture of this COMMON KESTREL with great detail and well composed with good natural ambiance.
perfect colour which i like.
best wishes,

Hi Marius,
beautiful photo. Of course interesting bird. But colours and composition are amazing. I like a clarity of this photo. Perfect sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-01-07 8:46]

Hello Marius,
Beautiful photo with lovely composition, amazing details and beautiful natural colors !
Best regards !

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely Common Krestel in nice pose on beautiful lighting BG, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Buna Marius,

Frumoasa compozitie, eu l-as mai fi decupat putin, sa aiba o incadrare mai lunga (pe orizontala). Oricum detaliile sunt super iar focusarea foarte buna. Imi plac tonurile din BG care se regasesc in penajul vanturelului, dar mult mai pronuntate. Super.

Numai bine,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-07 14:22]

Hi Marius,beautiful and different composition today,not only the best details on the kestrel,but a magnificent and rich background too,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Marius
Beautiful photo with very good composition and nice colours

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-01-08 4:50]

Hello Marius,
How fine the composition you have chosen for this picture. Lovely integration of the surroundings, beautiful light and an interesting bird. What a fine natural picture!
Thanks and kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-08 5:02]

Very good pose by the kestrel which looks awesome. fine image. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-08 6:16]

Hello Marius,
Very nice photo of this Kestrel in good sharpness and natural colours. The clarity is gorgeous, fantastic composition and a beautiful blurred background.

Hello Marius
Excellent setting with nice foliage, perfect focus and detail, good depth of field.
A superb photo.
regards yiannis

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-01-08 9:45]

Hello Marius
Outstanding closed up.Nice point of view from the back we see amasing details.Razor sharp image with great pose from the bird.Colours and light are excellent.I also like the catch light in the eye.We have a similar specie down here but I never had a chance at it , great work
TFS Michel

Hello Marius,

Hope life is good and yes, this photo is also top class, my dear friend. I wish you should have named the lovely berried tree here....smile. The kestrel looks splendid because the shot is of high quality as ever....thanks a lot for sharing.....take care....warmest regards/Abid

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-12 2:24]

Hello Marius
exciting indeed to see this predator perching with beauty and elegance.
the details are splendid and the smooth color in the background really throw the bird as a fabulous image.
well done.


Hello Marius.
I like this shot because of the artistic presentation of this stunning bird. The shallow focus with the tree in the focus plane are just stunning. Excellent work as always and well done.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

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