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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-10
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Falcons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-02 11:24
Viewed: 2888
Points: 26
[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 behaviour which is to hover at a height of around 10–20 metres (33–66 ft) 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 kestrel shot. Looks like time is frozen. Would be interesting to get the EXIF details for this shot.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-02 11:45]

Wonderful capture!
Great details and wonderful colors.

hallo Hans
deze staat er erg goed op ,stond hij net even stil voor je?
super scherp en mooi van kleur, vindt ik tegen de lucht in altijd moeilijk
maar deze mahg er wezen
hier scoor je mee bij de vogelaars op TN
groetjes lou

Hi Hans

Good close-up of the kestrel hunting. Good sharpness, composition and OOF background.


hello Hans!
excellent capture in flight of Kestrel
natural color and amazing posture

greeting sERGIO

Excelente luz y colores para esta com`licada captura que tan bien resolviste: buen trabajo Hans !

J. Ignasi.

Hallo Hans,

een erg mooie plaat van deze Valk.
Goede detailering met prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.


Hy Hans
In my oppinion, a very good portret of this kestrel, in his well knonw post.

Hi Hans,
Nice action shot and details

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-03 3:42]

Hallo Hans,
Pracht foto van deze torenvalk. Super scherp en vol details. Blijkbaar vloog hij laag. Waarschijnlijk met een flinke tele genomen. Jammer dat ik dat niet in de gegevens kan aflezen.
Erg mooie natuurlijke kleuren en achtergrond. Goede compositie en diepte in de foto. Super!

Very nice and adequately exposed, probably would have loved a vertical composition, however considering the fact that these don't hover for long in one place, it's difficult to think of the right composition always. I have tried several times to capture them, but all my efforts so far has been futile. Well done and TFS.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-06 3:20]

Hello Hans,
What a wonderful view of a Kestrel in flight! Very well timed and excellent focus showing lovely details and colours in good light.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Hans.

Excellent photography. The sharpness and depth of field are perfect. The colors and contrast are very realistic. The layout is perfect.
I particularly like the attitude of the falcon, looking at his prey and ready to cath him. Wonderfull moment.

Thank you for sharing.

Hope to see you soon for other photos.


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