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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - II chapter, Pentaxfriend's favorites, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 12:28
Viewed: 4320
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Points: 72
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Another shot from the British Wildlife Centre.

Kestral Information from Birds of Britian website:

The kestrel, most widespread and often most abundant of European birds of prey, is a familiar sight from trains and cars. It occupies a great range of habitats: coastal dunes, fresh-marshes, woodland, farmland and commons, saltings, airfields, road verges and even town centres; indeed anywhere it can find prey.

Ringing recoveries confirm that kestrels from the Low Countries, Scandinavia and even central Europe arrive here early each autumn.

Most favoured areas to see them are the sea walls and saltings along the east shore of The Wash where totals of 70 are on record. In turn, some kestrels born here emigrate southward to Spain for the winter. Its distinctive hunting has earned the kestrel the name of Windhover. No other hawk has so perfected the art of stationary flight.

It hangs at a height of 20 or 30 ft poised in the air with quivering wings and widespread depressed tail searching the ground below. Even in the face of a stiff gusty wind it can remain stationary in mid-air. If no prey is sighted the bird glides forward or circles a few times before hovering once more over new ground.

Most impressive action takes place on spotting quarry. The hunter rushes headlong with almost closed wings and checks itself close to the ground as if stopping for a second look. Then, with feet thrust forward it makes its final plunge seizing its victim before mounting again. Alternatively, a kestrel may perch on a post, telegraph pole or overhead cable watching for prey below. Once prey is sighted it is caught by a short, steep dive from the perch. High soaring flight is unusual; kestrels seldom move at a great height unless on migration.

Although the kestrel's main prey is small mammals, especially voles, the catalogue of birds taken is a lengthy one. Most observations relate to larks, pipits and finches but kestrels are capable of taking such quarry as fieldfares, turtle doves and lapwing.

Kestrels at Yarmouth have acquired an insatiable appetite for nestling little terns returning time and time again; a most unfortunate practice. Less controversial was another kestrel which flew repeatedly through cowsheds, snatching house sparrows from the rafters. Kestrels haunt throughout the hours of daylight and may at times continue searching for prey until dusk. Bats have featured in their diet and individuals have been seen hunting by moonlight.

Enlightened farmers are conserving kestrels by erecting nesting boxes on tail poles. One Fenland farmer, concerned at the lack of suitable nesting sites, has erected several boxes.

No real nest is made by the adaptable kestrel. It accept sites in church towers, old windmills and hollow trees. Deserted nests of other birds such as a crow or magpie are also used. In Broadland, nests have been known on the ground. City kestrels often tolerate considerable disturbance. Nests have been known on railway bridges only a few feet below the tracks, in buildings near office blocks and on balconies of blocks of flats

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-10 12:32]

What a beautiful close up portriat of the the kestrel. Great detail good light and contrast. Perfect sharpness and clarity. Well done.

Wow Karan...that is one close in, spot on focusing jobs and bird portraits...and the colours are so true to life as is the pose so meaningful. A wonderful image...This one is a keeper!

Hello Karan!
First class portrait of the Kestrel!
good pose with total sharpness, beautiful colour and perfect details in the shot!
my compliment to this!
best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-10 12:35]

Hi Karen. Amazing detail in the natural coloured feathers and a glint of light in the eye. against a good DOF . this is avery fine close up . very well done TFS.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-03-10 12:39]

Hi Karan,
Beautiful portait of this kestrel. He/she looks cute.
Great sharpness and great details. Beatutifull! and a great looking blurred bg.
TFS Paula

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-10 12:40]

Hi Karan,

Very sharp capture. This looks like macro.How did you get so close? Incredible.


Hi Karan...stunningly well focused and perfectly detailed...superb...enough said!! TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-10 13:00]
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Awesome shot of this Kestrel!
I didn't know the BWC had birds as well!
Very good detail in the feathers and great clarity.
Brilliant composition and a great side-on POV.
Nice lighting and an even exposure.
Superb DOF.
Very well done Karan,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-10 13:05]

Hi Karan,

Fantastic portrait of this Kestrel. The details of the eye, beak, and feathers are wonderful. Beautiful colors and shadings and a fine background. I love the eye!!!


Hello Karan,
Fantastic close up, excellent sharpness and superb details in those featheres and eyes, beautiful colors and very good depth of field, outstanding!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-10 13:19]

Hola Karan,
buen retrato,
bellos detalles...
sensacional nitidez y hermoso plumaje.
saludos amiga.

Hi Karan,
What a great portrait!
I like so much the close approach you were able to made and all the amazing details got.
A lovely contrast made by the yellows around the eye and green of the background.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-10 13:59]

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise, excellente netteté et couleurs, très beau sujet, un profil très réussit!
Amicalement Robi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-10 14:33]

Hi Karan

Great POV and very good detail, exposure and colour in this shot. The detail in the eye is superb.


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-03-10 14:43]


Great pose and nice, soft and natural colors.

Hello Karan,
a great portraite of the Kestrel with nice sharp details, POV and composition. Colors and BG very nice. thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Karan,
this is a very good portrait of Kestrel.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-03-10 17:10]

Hi Karan
Very nice portrait of this Kestrel
Crystal clear image
Details are superb
Lovely color and catchlite in eye
tfs jon

Hi Karan,

SUPERB close-up shot of this kestrel
Excellent compo with perfect sharp details and lovely colors
beautiful POV

TFS Thijs

Hi Karan,
A wonderful portrait of this beauty friend. Excelent details, DOV, POV and nice composition. Splendid shot indeed. TFS.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-11 2:09]

Hi Karen,
another first class shot from the BWC, i really must get down there. Excellent detail and perfectly exposed, we can almost see you in his eye!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-11 2:38]

Hi Karan

A fabulous portrait from you taken at that great BWC!
I just wish i had more time in my trip to England...i would like to go there (and many other beautiful places) but i can't squeeze in everything :(
Anyway, the tight close-up here is terrific and not only shows a very intimate view of this beautiful kestrel but it also adds a bit more drama to the compo, in my opinion.
The details are outstanding and the color reproduction is lovely and spot-on. Very good exposure management and great DOF choice for such a shot! Superbly done!


Ciao Karan, great portrait of superb bird with splendid details and good sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Karan

superb close-up portrait shot of this Kestrel,
with excellent POV, excellent sharpness and details
and lovely density of the colours, TFS


Hello Karan. Superb mugshot of this kestrel. Excellent sharpness and the eye glazed with very detailed beaks. Well done!Regards. Jusni

Hello Karan,

Superb portrait of this kestrel. Excellent POV and sharpness. Wonderful detail of the head and the feathers. Great natural colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-11 11:39]

Hello Karan,
A perfect detailed portrait of this Kestrel. Totally sharp! Excellent natural colours, also in the BG. High quality!

Hello Karan
je ne sais pas si tu as pris ce faucon en liberté ou dans un parc mais moi je n'arrive jamais a approcher suffisament pour en prendre une bonne photo comme ici.Portrait de toute beauté
Merci et bravo...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-12 2:26]

Hi Karan.
Wonderful portrait picture of the charming bird. Reproduction of all details of the bird is terrific. I like classic composition and framing of the image and superb lovely coloured BG. Well done and TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-12 4:54]

Hello Karan, great portrait of Kestrel, very sharp details, perfect exposure and great composition, well done, thanks!


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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2008-03-12 14:30]

Wonderfull portrait with excellent DOF and drawing of details Karan.TFS

Hello Karan , excellently detailed Kestrel Portrait , TFS .

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-13 9:25]

Hello Karan

What a beautiful portrait of this raptor.
The POV is amazing.
Wonderful plumage detail.The colours are natural and vibrant.
Excellent eye detail and catch light.
You have filled the frame well.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-03-15 1:33]

Hi Karan,
A wonderful portrait of a kestrel. Light, details, pose, background and composition are very good.
TFS, José M.

Gran enfoque, encuadre y colores. Bonita expresión y bien captado el ojo.
Gracias por tus amables comentarios.
Un saludo: J. Ignasi

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-16 10:24]

Hi Karan,

Superb close-up with excellent details, we can almost count every feathers!!
Love the eye, very expressive looks he has.
Very well done!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-17 8:03]

Hello Karan,
Very nice portrait of this kestrel. TFS

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