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Copyright: Vishal Sabharwal (shal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon 400 f5.6 ED IF AI-S, UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - III chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-13 20:46
Viewed: 5930
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The name kestrel is given to several different members of the falcon genus, Falco. Kestrels are most easily distinguished by their typical hunting behavior which is to hover at a height of around 1020 m over open country and swoop down on prey, usually small mammals, lizards or large insects. Other falcons are more adapted to active hunting on the wing. In addition, kestrels are notable for usually having much brown in their plumage.

Kestrels require a slight headwind in order to hover, hence a local name of windhover for Common Kestrel.

Plumage often - but unusually for falcons - differs between male and female, and (as is usual with monogamous raptors) the female is slightly larger than the male. This allows a pair to fill different feeding niches over their home range. Kestrels are bold and have adapted well to human encroachment, nesting in buildings and hunting by major roads.

Kestrels do not build their own nests, but use nests built by other species.

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very nice pic, TFS Ori

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-05-13 22:04]

Hi Vishal , a very nice photo of this kestrel , with great color and details , the pose and lighting are also nice too. TFS


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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-05-13 22:53]

hi Vishal,
nice shot of this kestrel. i like the composition with him atop of his perch, looking outwards into the space. nicely focused and well lit. great job. tfs

Hello Vishal,
Excellent capture of the Kestrel.I liked the vertical composition with the bird standing tall against the blue sky. Good lighting, exposure and details.
Thanks for the share,

Hello Vishal , well composed , good detailed Kestrel photo , TFS and good luck .

Ciao Vishal,
ottimo ritratto di Gheppio (Kestrel in Italian).
Credo che il tuo gheppio di una sottospecie differente dei quella europea.

Ciao Vishal,
deliziosa foto, bei colori e dettagli, grazie.



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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-05-14 5:07]

Hi Vishal,

Great shot of this kestrel, very sharp on all details, and a very nice composition.
Great job.

Hi Vishal

Good shot of the kestrel. Nice warm tones, good sharpness and great composition.


Finally Sabby,
You've done it!The shot bears your trademark sharpness, absolutly perfect details.
Very well seen and captured, bro!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-14 10:53]

Hello Vishal,
What a beautiful photo. Great colours, light and details. Excellent pose, POV and composition.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-05-14 17:48]

Hi Vishal
Wonderful shot and pose you captured with great detail and sharpness
Nice natural color and nice catchlite in eye
tfs jon

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-18 13:05]

Hi Vishal

Kestrels are such beautiful birds and you have caught this in fine detail and in a lovely pose. Well composed, fine colours and excellent DOF



Great shot of this kestrel, very sharp on all details, and a very nice composition.

fantastic shot, with great color and details

Best wishes, Dario

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  • Rhea (10)
  • [2011-04-07 7:19]

I love the sharpness of the pic as well as your POV!
Great job!

Hi, Vishal. Lovely composition of this kestrel falcon with excellent sharpness, exposure and color. In fact photographing him sitting on the end of the branch was excellent idea. Thanks for sharing

Olá Vishal,
Great shot,clear clean and very well composed.

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