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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
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. But although it has colonized a few oceanic islands, vagrant individuals are generally rare; in the whole of Micronesia for example, the species was only recorded twice each on Guam and Saipan in the Marianas.
Common Kestrels measure 32–39 cm (13–15 in) from head to tail, with a wingspan of 65–82 cm (26–32 in). Females are noticeably larger, with the adult male weighing 136-252 g (c,5-9 oz), around 155 g (around 5.5 oz) on average; the adult female weighs 154-314 g (about 5.5-11 oz), around 184 g (around 6.5 oz) on average. They are thus small compared with other birds of prey, but larger than most songbirds. Like the other Falco species, they have long wings as well as a distinctive long tail.
Their plumage is mainly light chestnut brown with blackish spots on the upperside and buff with narrow blackish streaks on the underside; the remiges are also blackish. Unlike most raptors, they display sexual colour dimorphism with the male having less black spots and streaks, as well as a blue-grey cap 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 have a prominent black malar stripe like their closest relatives.
The cere feet, and a narrow ring around the eye are bright yellow; the toenails, bill and iris are dark. Juveniles look like adult females, but the underside streaks are wider; the yellow of their bare parts is paler. Hatchlings are covered in white down feathers, changing to a buff-grey second down coat before they grow their first true plumage
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Congratulations for the beautiful pictures, great natural colors, good POV and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing.
- [2010-09-12 22:21]
A well composed capture with nice natural colours of a male Kestrel that is well seem on the rock against a clear sky.
Thanks and kind regards,
A nice shot, Jose.
The colours are nice, and your POV very effective.
Ciao Jose. I think for a rare capture. Bit OOF but good warm colours in an interesting compo.
- [2010-09-13 9:24]
Very nice photo of this Kestrel in beautiful natural colours and a very good composition. The sharpness is not total, but good enough to post this photo.
- [2010-09-13 11:35]
Hi Jose. Firstly thanks for the interesing notes. To go with this good side view of this Common Kestrel . It looks as if it has its eyes on you. Well taken TFS.
great capture of this Common Kestrel, you was very lucky to see this beautiful bird in the wild, it seems to posed especially for you,
fine details and POV, i like also the environment and the blue sky
Have a good night