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Falco naumanni

Falco naumanni
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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
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 3), Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-24 3:42
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser Kestrel
Falco naumanni
TR: Kucuk Kerkenez

*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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Super Super Super

Dear Selen!
What a great picture of flying falco! Fantastic details and sharpness! I belive it was not easy to take such photo - this bird is not only very fast but also usually is flying "in the clouds" ;)
Wonderful composition and bvery informative note!
Best withes,

Hi Selen
Brilliant capture
Superb detail
Picture perfect
tfs jon

perfect inflight-shot from underneath! :-) awesome details, especially on the feathers of the wings and tail, and with good eyecontact.
superb job & best wishes, thor.

Hi Selen

Gee that's a great camera/lens combo you have, and the photographer isn't too bad either :).

A simply stunning shot Selen. Everything is perfect, a great moment captured perfectly.
You are a talented photogarpher, its a pleasure viewing your work.


Hi Selen.
Stunning flight shot. Superb exposure, colour, sharpness and detail, wow. Beautiful light used to show all the feather detail and colour underneath.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-24 5:12]

Hi Selen.
What a superb shot of this amazing bird. Its pose. composition of the picture are great. The reproduction of feathers of the bird, lights and colours are brilliant. Sunlight and sky are impressive so much too. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-24 5:13]

Very impressive Selen, your exposure is spot on, i love the light here. Perfectly placed in the frame with pin sharp focus. Very well done as always.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-10-24 5:16]

This is perfect, Selen! Extreme level of details, great colours and a very nice connection between you and the bird, makes this really stand out!

Best regards/Bengt

Hi Selen
Really beautiful bird captured in flight with great details.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-24 7:52]

Hello Selen;
SUPERB in-flight capture of the Lesser Kestrel. I can't fault this: the sharpness, POV, lighting, composition against a blue sky are all first class.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty,

Dear Selen
Very nice flight shot of this Lesser Kestrel,
Great focusing,lighting and BG,Superb shot.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-24 8:11]

Hello Selen,
This is the best capture of a Lesser Kestrel that I've ever seen! It's fabulous! I love the look he gives you, the sharpness and the wonderful colours. Very well composed too!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

fantastic capture of the lesser kestrel, bravo, Ori

Merhaba Selen,
This is a awesome shot of a in flight Falcon!
best pov with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
wonderful composition with so useful notes always
thanks for sharing

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-10-24 10:07]

Bonsoir Selen
Superbe, magnifique prise de vue avec une lumière parfaite, felicitations
Amicalement Robi

Selen merhaba,
Tek kelimeyle nefis. Kanat altının bazı yerleri güneşli, bazı yerleri gölgeli ama güneş alan kısımlar parlama yapmadan gölge kısımları da net ve aydınlık yapabilmişsin. Bu benim hep zorlandığım bir konu.
Selamlar, Mustafa

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-24 11:00]

Hi Selen

Another splendid in-flight shot from you, presenting this amazing predator gliding gracefully on a wonderful blue sky.
The details on your capture are impressive and very sharp, the exposure is well managed and provided charming colors on the bird while the DOF is spot-on - keeping the entire falcon, from wing-tip to wing-tip, in great focus.
One more thing to add here: it's very small but adds a lot to the beauty of the composition - that lovely catchlight in the falcon's eye!
Superb job!

Bravo and TFS

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-24 11:02]

Hi Selen
Perfect in flight capture.Excellent POV and very sharp image .Details are amazing.Nice color and lovely blue sky BG.
TFS Michel

Fabulosa captura amiga Selen.
Magnífica nitidez y contrastes.
Buena nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Bonsoir Selen,formidable shot d'une netteté impressionante avec des couleurs splendides.Bravo

Hi Selen, just one word: OUTSTANDING !!!!!

Excellent Selen!
I remember this bird from a still you posted awhile back. No nits, beautiful work :)

Hi Selen,
this is a fine looking capture of the Kestrel.It is a little disheartening to know that this bird is on the decline it just should never happen but I guess it will as long as there are people who care for money and not wildlife.I like the bird's muted colours and the soft colour overall.An excellent in flight photo of this little raptor.Thank you for giving us all a chance to see this beautiful bird. Bob

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-10-24 20:27]

Hello Selen! What a nice shot! Eye to eye! Amazing sharpen details! Well done! Its why one day I will buy a lens like yours. Excellent!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-24 21:59]

Hello Selen ! Your picture is so good that I'm sad it's not mine ! :-) Nothing else to say than: PERFECT ! Thanks,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-24 22:00]

Hi Selen,
A stunning shot and you ahve freezed a great moment. Superb lighting and exposure and the blue sky as BG works well here. I like the intense look on its eyes and the diagonal position. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-24 22:15]

Hi Selen

This is the type of shot I try to get, but rarely manage! Excellent detail and framing with excellent eye contact. Superb!


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-10-24 23:27]

Hi Selen
beautifull full frame with perfect colours, maybe just a little bit noisy.

Hello Selen,
waouw, what a great shot of this falcon, great details and colors of plumage and well framed,
many thanks

Merhaba Selen, magnífico vuelo del crenícalo vulgar (Falco naumanni). Me guar mucho la pose en vuelo, la nitidez y el brillo justo en el ojo. Una preciosidad. Un saludo

José Luis.

Wow!!! tell me Selene, did you paint this??? LOL, what a stunning shot, perfect focus, really amazing!!! Cheers, Luís.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-25 5:50]

Hola Selen,
dinámica captura,
perfecto pov,
y bello foco...
buen trabajo,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-25 7:33]

WOW!! What a marvellous capture, Selene!!
This falco is all a beauty, and the shot a real humdinger! Magnificent sharpness, colors and composition.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

PT :)

Hi Sélen

Félicitations pour les détails du plumage et les couleurs justes.

Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-25 10:29]

selam selen
cok guzel bir ucus karesi goz temasi da hos
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, isik, renkler, netlik ve detaylar basarili olmus
eline saglik

hi selen!
great capture with good
sharpness and perfect
very well done!

Selen!!! This must be for me. I like the sunlight how it created good shadows, and a very well seen underside. The photo is razor sharp with good wingspan.It is obvious that your cmaera handles 400 ISO without noise.
I believe if I tried this at 1/1600 at 5/6 it would be very dark.
Very good shooting.
Take care!

Hi Selen,
Beautiful capture of this Lesser Kestrel and beautifully presented here! Very sharp focus and details, exposure is right on. Superb photo! TFS

Great capture and most excellent PP! Wonderful light! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-10-26 10:42]

Hello Selen, A Great shot from the Kestrel ,great sharpnes details compositie and the blue sky , good job ,thanks ,Have I nice weekend ,Teunie .

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-26 11:04]

Hello Selen,
Brilliant photo of this Kestrel in flight. Perfect sharpness and great colours, focus, composition and POV.

Hello Selen,
A great capture, superb details!
The fine composition makes this an attractive image for my eyes, and the plumage couldn't be better reproduced!
Pablo -

Hi Selen,

This is super super, fantastic exposure. Very well done.


magnifique cet oiseau en vol, belleprésentation nette, jolie dans ce beau ciel bleu
bien vu, merci a toi

Hello Selen,
I just add my praise here, you don't need any explanations why the picture has turned out so excellently. I have a hard time telling the two falcon species apart, but of course the biology and behaviour is different. I wonder how much time you must wait in your hide (hot?) to have such an occasion. Well done as usual!
Best regards,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-28 14:22]

Hello Selen,
A very clear shot, done with great side light. Amazing shooting time. I like also very much your educational note.
Best greetings from Poland!

Selen, this shot is just perfect!
Thank you, thank you!!


Hola Selen,
Fantástica imagen, gran nitidez y detalles con bonito encuadre, excelente luminosidad, una gran foto, saludos
José Ramón

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Ne kadar net bir fotoğraf. Böyle güzel bir kareyi paylaştığınız için teşekkürler. Netlik, pozlama, renkler hepsi öğretici.
Çok beğendim.

Merhaba Selene,
Stunning in flight capture!
You did absolutely great in the timing to catch this image.
The lighting is spot one, details on the wing's plumage are pretty amazing.
And you even got its eye contac!
A remarkable image.
My compliments and thanks to post it.
Warm regards,

Outstanding! Superb shot - excellent detail and colour a really stunning image.
Well photograph....

Hello Selen,
You've taken very beautiful shot of this falcon, with excellent details and focusing.
Outstanding pose of this fellow against lovely clean blue sky, also very nice composition & POV, well presented!!
Well done and TFS,
Best wishes, Kevin

Impressive shot; very high quality.
Excellent light.
Well done!

great in flight shot. She is a beauty. Great colors and details. Pose is wonderful and the exposure and lighting is perfect. Great capture.

Selen hanım merhaba,
epeydir TN'den uzak kalmıştım, yurtdışında olunca. bu harika kareyi görmek çok güzel. mükemmel bir zamanlama çok çok güzel bir çekim. yorumlardaki ilgi de bunu doğruluyor zaten. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-11-10 14:28]

Hi Selen,

Wow! what a spectacular shot, evereything is beautiful. Congratulations for this perfect capture!


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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-11-22 19:48]

Hi Selen,
Fabulous, very well composed.

Ooooo Selen , bu nefismiş yaw , bugüne kadar yüklemediğine şaşırdım :)

Harika yakalamıssınız tebrik ederim...

Selen, en sevdigim kuslardan biri bu. Gerçekten güzel bir kare... Ellerine saglik.

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