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American Kestrel

American Kestrel
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Copyright: Dinkar Singh (dinkar) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 8] (109)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-12 8:14
Viewed: 3174
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is a small falcon. This bird was formerly known in North America as the Sparrow Hawk. American Kestrels are widely distributed across the Americas. Their breeding range extends from central and western Alaska across northern Canada to Nova Scotia, and south throughout North America, into central Mexico, the Baja, and the Caribbean.

I saw quite a few of these beautiful little birds during my trip to the Grand Canyon but was unable to get any usable shots. This one was shot in captivity at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-10-06 12:24]

This is a good shot of the kestrel. I like the detail on the log and the bird. The bird obviously felt comfortable with you to keep it's leg up while you took the shot. The one thing I would change would be the background, it's a little distracting. If you had aimed more to the right it might have been better. The fact that the line goes still slightly in back of the bird kinda makes the bird cut by the line. It's a good shot though!

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