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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 640, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (II) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-16 2:21
Viewed: 2957
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A juvenile Kestrel was looking at my car and planning how to attack and kill the driver. The picture was taken at Leysdown Marshes. I am posting another picture as WORKSHOP taken 2 hours later in the same place. The bird is probably the same and it seems to be even more curious.

As the later picture was taken just after sunset at ISO 2000 there is noise I could not get rid of by using PS3 noise reduction or Neat Image. The noise also affected the final sharpening. If someone would like to have a try, I would very much appreciate. (f/8.0, 1/80 supported by window frame, IS on)

From RSPB website:

Latin name
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, insects and birds

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Hello Pekka,
great capture for beautiful Kestrel with great sharp focus. Nicely composed and notes. I visited your WS. It is also wonderful, with excellent timing. I'd like to add that they eat insects too.
Thanks for sharing, well done

Hi Pekka

Glad to see he decided not to eat you, or did you have a lucky escape :) lol.
Great capture of this juvenile.
Excellent sharpness and plumage detail
Highlighed well on that pale blue background
Good composition


Hello Pekka,

What a wonderful close-up of this beautiful kestrel. Great POV. Excellent DOF and focus. Excellent detail and very good eye contact. Very good light and colours. A splendid bird!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-16 10:19]

Hello Pekka,
Great picture of this kestrel. Great sharpness and light. Beautiful detail of the feathers. Very nice natural colours.
Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-16 14:19]
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Hi Pekka,

I'm laughing at your notes. In spite of the fear that this Kestrel would swoop down and kill you you managed a very good shot. He really is a beautiful bird in a nice pose holding on to the wire with one hand. Where is the other one? The face is lovely with the nice yellow eye circle. Plummage and tail feathers are wonderful. Excellent colors and details and a lovely composition against the blue sky. I love the workshop too.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-17 0:36]

Hello Pekka,
Great shot taken while you were aware that this juvenile Kestrel was planning to make a meal of you!:))
The lighting, though forcing you to use ISO 2000 is great and on my screen the noise looks minimal. Nice sharpness and composition too.
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-17 1:22]

Hello Pekka
What a beauty this young falcon is. The colourings beautiful details of its plumage are so clear. Good focus too. How great to be able to see one so close like this.
I like how it is standing on one foot too.

Hi Pekka,
Superb shot of this young kestrel in a lovely posture with great clarity, nice POV/DOF and framing.
Have a wonderful weekend!
TFS and cheers,


Ciao Pekka, great double diagonal composition with wonderful bird in great pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Pekka,

It sounds like something from 'The Birds' with this premeditated attack in mind!! It is cerainly staring with an alert intention!

Good eye and plummage capture and I like the way you have used the wire perch to create a diagonal across the shot. It helps to give the whole shot a great composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-17 7:44]

Hej Pekka,
What a fine view of this beautiful Kestrel, a bird common here but you nearly always see it on the wires along the main roads where you can't stop!! You were lucky getting such a sharp and beautiful shot in good light. It looks good against the blue sky!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-17 14:58]

Very good shot of this Kestrel, Pekka!
This is incredibly detailed.
Excellent lighting.
Great composition.
Brilliant DOF.

Very well done,

hello Pekka

excellent close-up shot of this juvenile Kestrel
with fine POV of the image, and excellent sharpness
and details of the kestrel's plumage, TFS


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-23 11:44]

Hi Pekka,
I like the expression you captured. Very good POV. Nice details on the plumage and a lovely composition. TFS
Best wishes,

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