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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM + 2x TC, Digital ISO-400, Sigma 46mm UV drop-in filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Falcons - III chapter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-25 3:58
Viewed: 3907
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I photographed this Kestrel while at Richmond Park a week ago.

I hope you like this one!

Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

Falcons and allies (Falconidae)

A familiar sight with its pointed wings and long tail, hovering beside a roadside verge. Kestrels have been recently declining as a result of habitat degradation due to continuing intensive management of farmland and so it is included on the Amber List. They have adapted readily to man-made environments and can survive right in the centre of cities.

Where to see them
Kestrels are found in a wide variety of habitats, from moor and heath, to farmland and urban areas. The only places they do not favour are dense forests, vast treeless wetlands and mountains. They are a familiar sight, hovering beside a motorway, or other main road. They can often be seen perched on a high tree branch, or on a telephone post or wire, on the look out for prey.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Small mammals and birds.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-25 4:57]

Hello Joe,
Very beautiful photo in great sharpness and details. Very nice natural colours with the blue sky as BG. Good POV and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Joe
Beautiful bird. Very nice shot. I like the POV and blue sky in background. Maybe you could add a little contrast
best wishes

A perfect tele-close up with fine detail and a pleasant eye contact Joe, your low vantage point removed any probable clutter from the BG, good job indeed!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-25 6:41]

Wonderful capture this lovely Kestrel !
Very sharp details and colors!

Hello Joe,

Good portrait quality!
Fine eye contact with the bird, and the pose emphasise the majestic appearance of the bird...
Good details in the plumage and the colours are well reproduced!

Pablo -

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-10-25 9:28]

une tres jolie photo!
belle macro!
superbes couleurs.
bon focus et cadrage.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-25 10:10]

Hi Joe. What a fantastic looking bird which you have taken a first class picture of. The bird stands out well from the pale blue sky. You captured a good pose on the dead looking branch. Taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given natural colours to the feathers. well taken TFs.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-25 10:37]

Hi Joe
Beautifully detailed capture against a fine blur BG...Excellent color and POV...TFS

hello Joe
nice to see you again after a long time. welcome back.
this is great capture of Kestrel roosted on branch. eyes contact, focus and POV wonderful. nicely composed. thanks for sharing, have a nice week

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-10-29 6:33]

Hi Joe
Excellent closed up of the Kestrel.Good POV and sharp image.Excellent plumage detail and nice saturation.I also like the Kestrel pose and the catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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