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A Lady in the air

A Lady in the air
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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: 2008-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III), 5 favs. and up - PART 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-24 3:53
Viewed: 5622
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This time a female :o)

Lesser Kestrel(female)
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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Selam Selen Hanım havadaki bu güzel bayanı harika görüntülemişsiniz. Görüntüyü dondurmadaki ekspertliğinizi bir kez daha sergiliyorsunuz. Detaylar nefis. Elinize sağlık.

kuşlarında çekeni sevmesi gerekiyor bunu bu karede gördüm
tüm övgüleri hak eden harika fotoğraf

Hi Selen,
Beautiful shot. Great sharpness and details.

An awesome shot, Selen, with very sharp details...

Dear Selen
Wonderful shot of this Lesser Kestrel,
Perfect details,pose and exposure. Superb shot my friend.


Exquisite !! Marvelous composition of an extraordinary action shot. Colors and detail are fantastic. Great POV !! How I wish I could take photos like that !

TFS, Mish

Hi Selen,

Very good in-flight shot of Lesser Kestrel. You have managed to get everything just perfect: lighting, colours, sharpness of details. Every possible detail is there to be seen. Excellent work!


Best wishes


Hallo Selen
This is really amazingly beautiful. Looking at photos like this one of yours, fills me with excitement, hoping and dreaming that maybe one day I’ll also be able to take a shot of a bird in flight. The details of this Lesser Kestrel are stunning and very clear. I especially like the different colours and patterns on the wings and this bird surely have an impressive wingspan. I am sure this must be the feathers the Red Indians use when making their spectacular and striking headgear. Remarkable photo with lots of character, especially the eyes, paws and nostrils. Thanks for sharing this splendid "Lady in the air."
Kind regards

Hi Selen, this is a perfect image. Feather details, colouration and dof all amazing. fine work and TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-24 6:18]

Hello Selen
Beautiful inflight capture.Excellent POV and very sharp image .Details and pose of your subject are excellent.
TFS Michel

Hi Selen,

An awesome shot, very good of details on the feathers and beautiful colors.


Hello Selen,
Beautiful female in the air. Competing.
Excellent work!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-24 9:08]

This is a spectacular shot, Selen! What a beautiful and perfect one! I do love it.
The note is complete and interesting too.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Selen
Wonderful inflight capture
Superb pose and detail
Lovely light and color
tfs jon

hi selen!
great capture!
sharp with the beautiful
lady in a nice pose!
good work!

Spettacolare momento di cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione, ottima nitidezza e grande ricchezza di dettagli, magnifici i colori e il cielo. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Selen,
I think this is the best flight picture of kestrel, i have seen. fantastic. I yet to take one like this . TFS.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-04-24 10:16]

hello sir,
amazing picture,
no words !!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-24 10:18]

Hi Selen,

Fantastic!! This Lady Kestrel is picture perfect. You could not have caught her in a more beautiful position than this. The wings and tail feathers are magnificent. Excellent details of the face and the whole bird. Wonderful lighting, superb colors - she's just wonderful.


Hello Sir!

A beautiful piture.
I never imagined someone could photograph such a lovely picture!
Good sharpness.Brilliant Lighting.TFS

Merhaba Selen,
Selam my dearest friend always!
Much appreciated from heart for this sharing of first class image of Kestrel!
apart from sharpness, good colour and details, the displayed of light and shadows is a big contribution towards a fine and quality image!
my special compliment to you

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-24 12:21]

Hello Selen,
Wow.. this is great! Technically outstanding in all the aspects. Perfect timing.
High quality!

merhaba Selen hanım,
bu güzel leydi nefis bir poz vermiş. sizde zamanı çok iyi değerlendirmişsiniz. nefis bir çekim. elinize sağlık, iyi akşamlar, selamlar.
not: bugünkü Sedir gezisini yine kaçırdınız, kuş açısından verimsizdi ama diğerleri çok için iyi geçti.

Woww Selen, again a fantastic and impressive capture, focus is perfect, I like very much the pose and lighting,
excellent post again,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-24 13:27]

Hi Selen

Not a lot I can say about this one!! Outstanding!!!


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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2008-04-24 13:28]

Hello Selen, otra maravilla en vuelo. Me encanta el POV y la calidad. Tiene la luz en el punto justo. Un saludo y gracias.

José Luis

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-24 13:38]

The pose is incredible!
Extremely sharp with tonnes of detail and a great exposure.
Brilliant composition too.
Superb BG.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-24 13:42]

Hola Selen.
WOW. Fantastica foto. Muy hermosa presentacion de este pequeño Halcon. Como todas las hembras a esta tambien le gusta mostrar sus bellos atributos para deleite de todos.
Agradable presentacion y fino fondo azul, la iluminacion perfecta en toda el Ave y de frente.
Saludos Selen.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2008-04-24 14:30]

this awesome capture leaves me speechless - a perfect inflight-shot! :-)
everything fits together - pose, sharpness, colors, lighting.
superb job & best wishes, thor.

tek kelime ile Harika ellerine saglık Selen

Hi Selen,

Just a wonderful shot of this Lesser Kestrel, the details are stunning, the lighting is beautiful showing superb detail, perfect exposure, well framed, really nice work.

All the best, Cheers Rick :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-24 22:00]

You could not have asked for a better pose, Selen.
Those wide-open wings...
and the feathers in the tail all splayed out!!
The backlighting is fantastic.
What clarity of details... and that eye contact.
TFS. : )

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-25 3:01]

Hi Selen,
Absolutely stunning shot with amazing sharpness and clarity. Beautiful lighting and exposure and the illumination is great. The blue sky as BG works well and the image looks majestic. The sprayed wings and tail looks awesome. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Selen marhaba,
Çok güzel bir leydiymiş. Kutluyorum. Selamlar

Merhaba Selen, splendid falco in superb fly, perfect focus, wonderful colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-25 10:26]

Merhaba Selen hanım debgeden sonra buda enfes olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-04-25 11:58]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic capture!
Good details!

Hello Selen,
It is interesting to study the finer in-flight details in a wonderful image like this!
Educational quality, great colours and a well composed presentation and the light is amazing!
Pablo -

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-26 7:59]

merhaba selen
nefis bir cekim hem de ucar vaziyette
soylenecek fazla birsey yok cok net ve kaliteli bir kare
eline saglik

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-04-27 8:55]

Hi Selen

An absolute beauty of a capture!
I love the pose you managed to get here and the spot-on exposure you took it with.
The result is an impeccably sharp shot with stunning colors. The details on the kestrel are gorgeous but i also like that lovely black spot on each of the feathers from the tail - they give it such a wonderful contour.
Great work in all aspects!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Selen.
I am amazed at this photo.
The spread of wings is perfectly captured.The sunlight coming through the wings looks beautiful.I envy this picture. I wish i was there to capture it too:)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-29 0:36]

Hi Selen.
Outstanding picture of the fine bird at so wonderful pose. Its wingspread and tail, exposure and details of the image are spot on. My congratulation on amazing in-flight picture.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-30 14:53]

Hi Selen,
A wonderful pose, approach, details and exposure. Congratulations on this capture!
TFS, José M.

Hi Selene,
Wow! This is an amazing capture, the lighting is very effective an illuminates the feathers. The exposure is right on the money. Well done and TFS
Paul :)

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-05-01 0:45]

Hi Selen,
what an awesome shot.. just perfect! a fave for sure. amazing work, tfs


This is a wonderful, perfect:, excellent and extraordinary capture! …so close and personal with plenty of details and beautiful light to look at... Congratulations on an excellent action shot !... I wish I have such a picture in my portfolio ;)


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-06 6:57]

Hello Selen

A beautiful capture of this beautiful kestrel.
The plumage detail is superbly captured with amazing clarity and definition.
Excellent lighting and bold vivid colours.
The POV is excellent.


Hi Selen,
You're becoming a master in the inflight arena.
This one has it ALL. Magic..And of course it's a female ;-}
My hat's off to ya!
Very well done,

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