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A kestrel


A kestrel
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Copyright: Viktor Cap (Victor_071) (14)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Pentacon 200/4
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-10 14:27
Viewed: 2164
Points: 12
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Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

The Common Kestrel is a bird of prey belonging to the falcon family Falconidae. This species is widespread in Europe, Asia and Africa. The Kestrel is relatively small compared to other predatory birds, but larger than most songbirds. Kestrels have long wings as well as a distinctive long tail. The kestrel's plumage is brown or grey with black spots, and the male has a blue-gray head and tail.

Kestrels measure 34-38 cm from head to tail, with a wingspan of 70-80 cm. The average adult male weighs about 155 g, and the female weighs about 190 g.

Kestrels are diurnal and prefer an "open country" habitat found in fields, heaths, and marshland. When hunting, the Kestrel hovers, almost stationary, about 10-20 m above the ground searching for prey. Once prey is sighted, the Kestrel makes a short, steep dive toward the target. They are often found hunting along the sides of roads and motorways. It has recently been shown that the Kestrel is sensitive to ultraviolet reflectance and hovering helps them pick out the urine trails of rodents which reflect ultraviolet light.

Kestrels prey upon small mammals, including voles, as well as small birds, large insects, earthworms and frogs. A kestrel is capable of spotting prey at amazing distances. It can see and catch a beetle 50 m from its perch. Kestrels need to eat 4-8 voles a day, depending on the time of the year and the amount of hovering they do. They have a habit of catching several voles in succession and cacheing some for later.

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  • ma-at Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 3 N: 187] (1372)
  • [2007-01-10 14:48]

Great movement here Viktor...welcome to Trek Lens. Enoy! :-) Lesley

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-01-10 16:49]

Hi Victor,
Welcom to TL.. is a great place..
I love your 1st shot.. great detail and focus..

Tricia

Hi Viktor, wonderful catch of the kestrel. Everything's sharp and clean, just like the sky. The placement of the subject is nice. TFS.

Good timing on this shot. I have one similar (not as clear or sharp of an eagle). This is a beautiful bird and your photo shows it at its finest. Full spread of the wings, even though it was moving you have great clarity and deatil. The lighting was working for you.
Well done!!
TFS
Dayna

Well timed, clear shot of this bird, Viktor. Beautifully isolated against the blue sky. Well done! Welcome to Treklens and thankyou for your comments on Bethels Beach.
Pat.

Hi Victor, welcome to Treklens, very nice shot, good capture and excelnet work. I like it.

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