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Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): GouthamBirds, Falcons - III chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-06 19:44
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Hi all,

I'm back in India and grabbed this opportunity to shoot some birds here with my mentor H Satish. What I present here is Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) juvenile, which is my first kestrel picture. This was taken from the car which was very carefully maneuvered by Satish.

The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae. It is also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, or Old World Kestrel. In Britain, where no other brown falcon occurs, it is generally just called "the Kestrel".

This species occurs over a large range. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America. The Common Kestrel is small compared with other birds of prey, but larger than most songbirds. Kestrels have long wings as well as a distinctive long tail like the other Falco species. This bird's plumage is mainly brown with dark spots. Unlike most hawks they display sexual colour dimorphism with the male having a blue-grey head 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 sexes have a prominent black malar stripe like their closest relatives.

for more info look here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Kestrel

Goutham R

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I looked at Ivan's Kestrel picture he took in Spain recently, Goutham, and when I looked at yours, I noticed that Kestrels are almost alike in many ways.
Your specimen looks neat and handsome.
I know your favourite camera settings. I have tried to emulate them but have ended up with bad pictures. Do you use a tripod generally with these settings?
And welcome back to India. Must be feeling better weather-wise.

mar dala aap ne jnab kia shot leya he graet work.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-06 23:40]

beautiful details of the birds feathers and fantastic eye contact.

Hallo Goutham
What a wonderful photo. How beautiful is this Kestrel and how perfectly you captured it. The colourful and bright details are truly impressive and the shades of colours and patterns of his plumage are outstanding. The framing and composition are delightful. To me the big black eye with its yellow circle around it is a big attraction. Love the thorny branches. Thank you very much for sharing.

very nice crestel ! the colors are so natural and harmonic with the bg. nice composition and very sharp.tfs.

A beautifully executed low capture of a finely formed predator in great detail Goutham, the perfectly OOF BG emphasises the pattern and colouration characteristics of the bird nicely. TFS indeed!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-07 3:46]

Hi Ramesh
Nice shoot, I like it very much, is rich in details and has wonderful colors. Good job.
Best regards.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Goutham,
Nice sharp details with great DOF, color, and exposure.
Very good POV and pose, nice bit of catchlight too :)
Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-07 5:03]

Hello Goutham,
What a beauty! Splendid beautiful light and colours with a perfect contrasting OOF BG. Excellent sharp details and a great composition, pose and POV.

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-12-07 5:50]

What a great picture. Excellent front lighting with a gleam in the eye. Nice perch too.

- Murali

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-07 7:02]

Hello Goutham,
Brlliant capture of the Common Kestrel in wonderful sunlight! I like its pose and the way it's watching you. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours of the plumage. A fine background too.
TFS and best wishs, Ulla

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-07 7:10]

hi goutham,
beautiful portrait, excellent colors and details. wish you got good background all around. welcome back. tfs.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-07 7:59]

Hello Goutham, Superb shot with excellent eye catch. Fantastic sharpness. Welcome back. Ganesh (for sometime I was also missing and am back)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-07 9:16]

Hi Goutham. This is a first class picture of the Kestrel . With a good POV looking up to the bird. It had its eyes on you . You have taken this with good detail in the feathers with natural looking colours. All with good notes too.
Well done TFS.

Hi Goutham,

Welcome back home :), its raining kestrel's at TN I suppose,nice bold image of the bird with details,Yes I agree with Nagraj, if you could get better back ground, it would have very nice.TFS well I Know its asking for too much.

Hi Goutham,
What a beauty! You have captured this well groomed bird in a fitting manner, neat clean portrait.
TSF, Anil

bonjour goutham
cette photo est vraiment exceptionnelle,la netteté est irreprochable et les couleurs naturelles.
je vais la mettre de coté.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-08 15:18]

Very, very good photo of this Kestrel, Goutham!
It's extremely sharp!
Excellent composition.
Great exposure.
Superb DOF.

Very well done,

Hi Goutham

Brilliant shot of this kestrel. Perfect POV and composition. Stunning sharpness and plumage details. The bird stands out on a great OOF background.


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-12-09 13:17]

Hello Goutham , Exelent capture from the kestrel , great pose details sharpnes pov and dof ,very good ,

Very good. The details are very nice and evident. Catching light in the eye is very fine. Good DOF, nice BG and lighting useful. Regards.

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