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Falco tinnunculus

Falco tinnunculus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-29
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-01 2:10
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Falco tinnunculus Linnaeus 1758
Common Kestrel, European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, Old World Kestrel, Kestrel

I took the photo at the margin of Akrotiri Salt Lake. I saw a falcon “falling” from the sky. I went at the place and I found a Falco tinnunculus with its prey. I think that the victim is a Galerida cristata (Crested Lark).

The Falco tinnunculus is a small bird of prey in the family Falconidae.
It measures 32–39 cm from head to tail, with a wingspan of 65–82 cm. Females are noticeably larger. Its plumage is mainly light chestnut brown with blackish spots on the upperside and buff with narrow blackish streaks on the underside. The male defers from female having less black spots and streaks, as well as a blue-grey cap and tail. The tail is brown with black bars in females, and has a black tip with a narrow white rim in both sexes. The cere feet, and a narrow ring around the eye are bright yellow; the toenails, bill and iris are dark. Juveniles look like adult females, but the underside streaks are wider.
Falco tinnunculus occurs over a large range. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America. In the cool-temperate parts of its range, the Common Kestrel migrates south in winter; otherwise it is sedentary.

In Cyprus Falco tinnunculus is a common and widespread resident.

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Ciao Christodoulos,
impressive photo, Incredible moment!
This Falco is fantastic, details, sharpnes, colours are simply Perfect.
Thanks for sharing!
Best regards

Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic capture of the Common Kestrel with its prey, outstanding sharpness and impressive details on the plumage, marvellous colours and lighting, excellent from all aspect and amazing visula impact
Best regards

How can I miss this dramatic scene Christodoulos! Brilliant indeed, brilliant!
George Veltchev

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-03-01 5:09]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a stunning action capture of a Kestrel with its prey!! Fantastic details and beautiful light and colours. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Christodoulos hello, another spectacular image. Spectacular in terms of sharpness and the time you read. Now there are more adjectives to describe the beauty of your images. All the best, Paul

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-01 5:40]

Excellent image of this kestrel feeding on the bird, your tracking lead you for a good catch, beautiful details and colors, lovely image. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic shot caught the falcon with prey, bravo!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-01 6:22]

Hello Christodoulos,
excellent sharpness and superb composition with added value.
Very stunning gesture and you shot it at the best and perfect timing.
Well presented shot with all the elements so well shown.
Congratulations, really a stunner again.


Ciao Christodoulos. Another perfect dynamic/dramatic one. Impressive ligh's management and colours results. TFs.


Chris - what a amazing capture. Fav sharpness and colors are awesome. POV is great. TFS

Hello Christodoulos,
Once again a splendid capture with impressive clarity, details and outstanding sharpness.
Amazing focus and very good exposure. Lovely low POV.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-01 7:43]

Hello Christodoulos,
The quality of this photo can't be better. GREAT!

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
  • [2011-03-01 8:00]

An excellent image of this raptor with stunning detail, clarity and color.



hello Christo
very good sharpness with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Très belle et réaliste scène de la vie sauvage saisie à l'instant décisif sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-03-01 9:21]

Giasou Christodoulos,
Hunting time!
Composition, natural colors and reflections are excellent.
Best wishes,

Hi Christodoulos,
this is a really dramatic view - but true natural view. Perfect sharpness and point of view. Colours are beautiful.
Also thanks for interesting note.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-01 11:16]

Hi Cristodoulos,
What a great composition with excellent sharpness,colors and wonderful details.TFS.

Hi Christodoulos,
I can only say wonderful, wonderful.....
congratulation for this work

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-01 11:39]

Another fantastic pearl in your beautiful gallery,no comment about the quality always at the top...Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-01 12:08]

Hello Christodoulos,
this is a great shot . Nice POV,very good light. Sharpness, detail and clarity are spot on. Well done.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of superb falcus on itìs prey, lovely, fine details, splendid sharpness and beautiful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-01 12:30]

Hello Christodoulos,
A super sharp capture of a male Kestrel. The lighting and colours are great and the shore of the salt lake makes a fine OOF Bg.
The POV showing it dealing with its prey is great too.
Great to view!
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-03-01 14:02]

Hola Christodoulos.
Just beautiful photo. First class. High quality. a lot of fine details to see here.
TFS My friend.

hi Christodoulos
this is really top class capture of hunting Kestrel, with perfect timing and focus. brillant eye, open beak and tongue show it very attractive. great exposure and lighting. POV and colors also superb. Congratulations. thanks for sharing.

Γειά σου Χριστόδουλε,
ευχαριστώ για την βοήθεια στην αναγνώριση του είδους.
Εξαιρετική η φωτογραφία σου, απο τις πιό δυνατές στο είδος της που έχω δεί.
Καλό βράδυ,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-03-02 0:41]

Hi Christodoulos,
Splendid photo, TFS!

Hi Christodoulos,
Somehow I've missed this beautifully executed tele-macro study of feeding behavior. Your low vantage point from the side gave you a sharp image with good DOF management full of fine detail. Very good indeed my friend!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-02 4:45]

Hello Christodoulos,
What can I add after all the compliments you already have received. Just a stunning and most interesting shot. Bravo again!!
Kind regards

hello Christodoulos

great close-up shot of this kestrel with his prey,
superb POV, DOF, great focus sharpness details, TFS


δίπλα σου έκατσε..., μπράβο στιγμή και λήψη!

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent capture of Falco tinnunculus with very nice POV, good composition and sharp details.

Excellent shot! The sharpness, light, all look beautiful! Good colours too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-03-10 8:48]

Hi Christodoulos,

Another great birdphoto. Great timing and fine colors and sharpness. I guess a photo like this one is made once in a lifetime. Congrats!


Hi Christododoulos,

The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Common Kestrel. It is clear and precise. The morning light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Chris,

Wow what a stupendous capture absolutely brilliant my friend, one question to you Chris do you use a tripod or perhaps a rice bag when your out in the field?, the reason i ask is that your astonishing sharpness is top draw in all of your images, however this Kestrel is no exception, fantastic work here Chris and very well done,
Best regards,


Hello Christodoulos,
This image is magical with the exposure brilliantly executed. Lovely sharp image in fine natural tone.
Top class image and thanks for sharing.

Hello Mr.Christodoulos,
You are really a great photographer.You have great quality of capturing "SITTING BIRD".
Thanks for sharing,

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