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Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel
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Copyright: Gokhan CORAL (armadillo) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 53] (528)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon 400 mm F 5.6 L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - III chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-07 4:32
Viewed: 3111
Points: 12
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Falco tinnunculus
Common Kestrels measure 32-39 cm (13-15 in) from head to tail, with a wingspan of 65-82 cm (26-32 in). Females are noticeably larger, with the adult male weighing 136-252 g (c,5-9 oz), around 155 g (around 5.5 oz) on average; the adult female weighs 154-314 g (about 5.5-11 oz), around 184 g (around 6.5 oz) on average. They are thus small compared with other birds of prey, but larger than most songbirds. Like the other Falco species, they have long wings as well as a distinctive long tail.

Their plumage is mainly light chestnut brown with blackish spots on the upperside and buff with narrow blackish streaks on the underside; the remiges are also blackish. Unlike most hawks, they display sexual colour dimorphism with the male 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. All Common Kestrels have a prominent black malar stripe like their closest relatives.

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; the yellow of their bare parts is paler. Hatchlings are covered in white down feathers, changing to a buff-grey second down coat before they grow their first true plumage.

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  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-07 8:04]

Very good photo of this kestrel,nice colors and details too!

hello Gokhan
very beautiful photo with good details and very good colours, ideal the place in the frame

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-09-07 9:56]

Hi Gokhan,
What a perfect pose! And very sharp at that!
Great flying shot!
TFS. : )

Nefis detaylar, harika olmuş elinize sağlık.. Selamlar..

Gökhan Bey merhaba
güneşli de olsa kışın detaylar her zaman istendiği gibi çıkmıyor. lakin senin bu güzel çekimin hiç de öyle değil. detayları, netliği harika. açısı ve pozlaması da çok güzel olmuş. eline sağlık, iyi geceler, selamlar.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-08 11:16]

Hello Gokhan,
For me this is an excellent photo in great sharp details and very beautiful clear colours. Perfect timing and a superb composition. Very beautiful!

Gökhan Bey,
Tek kelime ile şahane.
Ellerinize sağlık...

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