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Bringing Home Lunch II

Bringing Home Lunch II
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Feeding Time [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-09 10:36
Viewed: 3297
Points: 38
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Kucuk Kerkenez- Lesser Kestrel- Falco naumanni

I realised that I gave a bad crop to my previous post of the
Adult male lesser kestrel with his lunch so this is another shot- there are seconds in-between the two. I'm also planning to upload the female lesser kestrel after the male offered the bug to her.

*The Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) is a small falcon. This species breeds from the Mediterranean across southern central Asia to China. It is a summer migrant, wintering in Africa and Pakistan. It is rare north of its breeding range, and declining in its European range.

It is a small bird of prey, 27-33 cm in length with a 63-72 cm wingspan. It looks very much like the larger Common Kestrel but has proportionally shorter wings and tail. It shares a brown back and barred grey underparts with the larger species. The male has a grey head and tail like male Common Kestrels, but lacks the dark spotting on the back, the black malar stripe, and has grey patches in the wings.

The Lesser Kestrel eats insects, which are often taken on the ground. It nests colonially on buildings, cliffs, or in tree holes, laying up to 3-6 eggs. No nest structure is built, which is typical for falcons.
It is widespread and plentiful on a global scale, but in many areas of its range, it seems to be undergoing a marked and possibly accelerating decline. The IUCN has thus classed it as a vulnerable species (VU A2bce+3bce). This means that the global population and range have declined by some 30% in the last 10 years, and is expected to continue to do so for at least another decade. Apart from possible habitat destruction, it appears that indiscriminate use of pesticides has a strong effect on this species due to its insectivorous habits (BirdLife International 2006).


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He Selen, :)

Wow, another amazing shot! You must have been so excited taking these photographs! Wonderful sharpness, POV and lighting. He sure is a beauty and you have displayed him very well! Thank you for sharing :)


Hi, Selen.
Nice inflight with great action. Well composed with good exposure and position of wings and tail.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-09 11:18]

Hi Selenn
very nice action shot , sharp picture with nice colors.I like tha nice color of the sky as a BG. & good POV.
TFS Michel

Hi Selen,
Excellent capture! Wonderful pose of the Kesterel. Very good details and accurate exposure. Well done!


Hi Selen,
Nice action capture of this aerobatioc bird.It looks beautiful with a serene blue sky as background.You have also given a beautiful note.
Congrats and TFS

¡¡Fabulosa captura!!
Perfecto encuadre y muy buena nitidez Selen.
Estupendo trabajo amiga, JL.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-09 12:53]

Very good action shot Selen. Great clarity and eye contact. Good exposure giving good sharpness and colour against the lovely blue sky.
Great compositon.

Very nice action shot, Selen!

Hi Selen, Given that it is not a capture of the bird in its body symmetry, it makes it all the more live. The feed and the stare makes you feel the action.

Good work,
Regards, Kiran

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-09 15:01]

I don't know what made you unhappy about the crop in the earlier photo, but both are superb. In any event, this has become a great series. Looking forward to seeing the lady kestrel. Hoşçakal,

Excellent shot Selen.
Very pure and sharp shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Selen,
Im going to repeat alot of peoples comments here I think.

WOW, great action shot. Well spotted and the photo is so sharp and clean. Fantastic shot,

HI Selene,
Good shot. you have been very successful to get it with food in its mouth.Good composition with good details. TFS, smitha.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-10 5:32]

bu seri çok güzel olmuş, bu da diğerleri gibi mükemmel. Tebrikler..

Hi Selen,
another of your really great portraits of a bird in full action. Wonderful! You could even determine the species of Gryllus in its beak if needed. i always wonder how you manage to capture such rare moments. Thanks for presenting in TN.
My best regards to you,

Gökyüzünün rengi,detaylar ve sana poz vermesi hoşuma gitti güzel bir kompozisyon.Eline saglık Selen.

Mavilik ve netlik güzel olmuş nasılda bakıyor sana .Tebrikler Selen

Hi Selen,
Very nice action capture of this bird.
It looks beautiful with blue sky as background.


Selen Günaydın , kuyruğun beyaz tüylerinin arkasından mavi ışığın görünmesi çok hoşuma gitti , serinin bir diğer güzel fotoğrafı , eline sağlık , bol şanslar.

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