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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-30 3:50
Viewed: 3578
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a Kestrel from the British Wildlife Centre.

I hope you like it!

Latin name
Falco tinnunculus

Falcons and allies (Falconidae)

A familiar sight with its pointed wings and long tail, hovering beside a roadside verge. Kestrels have been recently declining as a result of habitat degradation due to continuing intensive management of farmland and so it is included on the Amber List. They have adapted readily to man-made environments and can survive right in the centre of cities.

Where to see them
Kestrels are found in a wide variety of habitats, from moor and heath, to farmland and urban areas. The only places they do not favour are dense forests, vast treeless wetlands and mountains. They are a familiar sight, hovering beside a motorway, or other main road. They can often be seen perched on a high tree branch, or on a telephone post or wire, on the look out for prey.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Small mammals and birds

Thanks for looking!

micica, uleko, ellis49, eqshannon, jaycee, siggi, Jamesp, Adanac, Dis. Ac. has marked this note useful
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hi joe, this is a wonderful picture. i like it a lot.the colors are so natural and the details of the feathers are excellent. amazing. tfs.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-30 5:59]

Hello Joe,
What a beauty you ccaught in a lovely pose! Excellent sharpness, light and colours and a fine composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-30 6:11]

Hi Joe
Excellent capture. Well done.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Joe,
Very good capture of Kestrel in beautiful plumage; good POV and composition, sharp fine details and natural colours. Well done!
Have a Great New Year 2009!

Hi Joe,
the bird looking fine, well exposed without any yellow cast.
The bird is lovely both in colours and pattern.
Good sharpness with fine details.
Well done, young friend.

Hello Joe

very beautiful and sharp picture
very good colours
i like the picture very wel

greeting lou

I used to see these almost every day in summer in my wilderness....A very fine bird...I could get no closer than 100-200 feet and in the car as well...you have a spot on shot here Joey...thanks for kudos on video..and all that ..A tip of me hat to ya!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-30 8:56]

Hi Joe,

I want to go to this Wildlife Center!!!! This is a beautiful portrait of the Kestrel. He seem to be posing in a studio. The face, eye and plumage are marvelous with super fine details and wonderful natural colors. A job well done friend.


Precioso retrato Joe. Enhorabuena por esta captura.

Un abrazo.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-30 11:15]

Hello Joe,
Great picture of this kestrel. Great sharpness and light. Beautiful detail of the feathers. Very nice natural colours.Have a great New Year 2009.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Joe, superb krestelin great pose, perfect focus, fine details and splendid sharpness,
I like a lot

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-30 17:02]

Hello Joe

Lovely pose with excellent detail.

Greetings from the Atacama Desert, Chile.


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-12-30 18:00]

Hi Joe
Great closeup capturing nice natural colors and crisp clear detail.
tfs jon

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-30 20:30]

Hello Joe,
What a lovely portrait of this small falcon. We too have Kestrels but ours are much more colorful. Your capture possesses that Kellard quality. Thank you Joe.

Hello Joe

The pose is excellent,and the focus and detail is sharp.
Very good plumage definition and detail.
Nice eye detail and catch light.
The POV is terrific and the DOF is very good.
I like the OOF BG.


Excwellent shot of this Kestrel Joe.
Great detail and natural colour.
Very nice work!
Hope you have a good New Year.

  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-31 0:17]

Hello Joe,
wonderful shot, great colours and detail.
Happy New Year 2009

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-31 5:29]

Hello Joe,
There are a lot of photos of Kestrels, but this is one of the best I've seen. Everyting in this photo is wonderful. Sharpness, details, natural colours, DOF, contrasting BG, POV, pose and composition are all brilliant.
A very good and healthy 2009,

Hi Joe,

nice shot of this bird with beautiful colours and detail..

Happy new year for you and your family.


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