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Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel
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Copyright: cahit agcal (cako) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/8, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-2, eliz's Favorites II, My favorite birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-18 9:33
Viewed: 4585
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 64
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Lesser Kestrel (tr:küçük kerkenez)

The Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) is a small falcon. This species breeds from the Mediterranean across southern central Asia to China and Bangladesh. It is a summer migrant, wintering in Africa and Pakistan. It is rare north of its breeding range, and declining in its European range. The scientific name of this bird commemorates the German naturalist Johann Andreas Naumann.

It is a small bird of prey, 27-33 cm in length with a 63-72 cm wingspan. It looks very much like the larger Common Kestrel but has proportionally shorter wings and tail. It shares a brown back and barred grey underparts with the larger species. The male has a grey head and tail like male Common Kestrels, but lacks the dark spotting on the back, the black malar stripe, and has grey patches in the wings.

Küçük kerkenez (Falco naumanni), doğangiller (Falconidae) familyasından küçük bir doğan türü. Bilimsel adı Alman doğa bilimci Johann Andreas Naumann'dan gelir.

Bu kuş, yırtıcıların küçük bir türüdür. 27-33 cm boyunda, 63-72 cm kanat genişliğindedir. Bayağı kerkeneze oldukça benzemekle beraber, nispeten ondan daha kısa kanatlara ve kuyruğa sahiptir.

Erkekler gri baş ve kuyruklu, bayağı kerkenezin erkeğine benzerdir, ancak sırtında koyu renkli benekleri yoktur.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-18 9:40]

Hi Cahit,

This Kestrel with his dinner in his beak is wonderful. That's quite a meal he has. Beautiful colors and razor-sharp detail of the face, eye, wings and plumage. The background and composition are superb.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-18 10:02]

Hello Cahit,
This is a great capture of this magnificent bird. You created a picture with perfect sharpness and dof.
Best regards Siggi

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-18 10:02]

Hello Cahit,

This is an excelent photo with the bird and it's prey. You have taken this photo with very good sharpness so that even the scales of the lizard can be seen in details. The bird is sitting in a fine pose and the light shows well the colors of the plumage. Bird;s eye looks impressive.


Hello Cahit
This is a most impressive capture..
All of the details are sharp and you have glorious lighting.
Congratulations on this fine capture.

Hi Cahit!
amazing shot of moment hunting of Lesser Kestrel..great details and sharp

best sERGIO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-18 10:16]

Hello Cahit,
Great photo of this Lesser Kestrel with prey. Beautiful clear colours and very sharp details. Excellent POV, dark BG and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-18 10:40]

Hi Cahit. Great timing to have taken this one with the food in its mouth. You have taken a fine close up of the Kestrel . With good detail and natural colours. We can see the large eye from your side POV. well done TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-18 10:42]

Hello Cahit
Wonderful capture, great moment, good details and natural colors. Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-18 11:28]

Merhaba Cahit,
A superb portrait of a juvenile male Lesser Kestrel with a lizard prey well captured with fine sharpness and contrast against a fine dark BG in excellent lighting.
A wonderful shot MF!
Thanks and best regards,

hello Cahit
Beautiful picture
so sharpness and good details
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-18 12:00]

Merhaba Cahit Bey,
Harika bir o an fotografı olmuş.Detaylar,keskinlik,komposizyon ve zamanlama mükemmel.Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

:)))))) Selam Cahit Bey, güzelim kertenkelem kerkeneze yem olmuş. Müthiş bir bilimsel belge. Bu bakış açısından hangi tür olduğunu anlamak zor. Ama kerkenez baya bir mutlu görünüor:).
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-18 14:04]

Merhaba Cahit,
Dostum müthiş bir kare bu! Çekimin güzelliği mi desem, bonus mu desem, hepsi kusursuz olmuş. Bayram hoca biraz bozulacak ama ... :)
Emeğine sağlık.


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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-02-18 15:06]

Cahit Bey,
harika bir kare, çok net ve belgesel tadında.
ellerinize sağlık

Hi Cahit,
Excellent capture of this Lesser Kestler with his meal; the details are great sharp and fine, good dark BG, great pose and composition.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2009-02-18 19:45]

Avıyla nefis bir kare olmuş Cahit bey..
emeğinize sağlık...

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2009-02-18 22:25]

Hi Cahit,

excellent imagine with this kestrel, great colours and details. The contrast with the background is nice.

Best regards, Dan.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-18 23:05]

not much to say about this, only that this is a very beautiful action photo

Hello Cahit,
Super capture ot this Lesser Kestrel, perfect portrait with a nice composition and colors.
TFS. Regards. Ferran.

Hallo Cahit
I don't think I can add anything that has not yet been said. This is a wonderful photograph of a beautiful bird, and it deserves a round of applause. Sharpness, focus and composition is just great. The detail and patterns on the plumage is great and this one unknowingly seemed to have been the perfect model. Details of both the prey and predator are excellently displayed. Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy your day.

Very good capture of this Lesser Kestrel with a recent prey in its beak Cahit, a good instance of predator-prey relation indeed. Maybe it would be even better if you had cloned out the red tiles my friend.

Hi Cahit,
A superb capture of this beautiful lesser kestrel with prey. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-19 11:27]

merhaba cahit
tür de poz da hem de bonusuyla harika
kompozisyon, bakış açısı, alan derinliği ve netlik nefis
eline sağlık

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  • Metin Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 16] (176)
  • [2009-02-19 22:46]

Selam Cahit Bey
Süper ışık ile kuş iyi izole olmuş ve iyi zamanlama ile güzel bir an yakalamışsın.Mükemmel!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-19 23:09]

Cahit bey tebrikler, harika bir av sahnesi olmuş.
Ellerinize sağlık.

Cahit merhaba ,
Nefis bir " Wildlife " fotoğrafı olmuş .
Tebrikler .

Cahit Bey,
enfes bir kare ellerinize

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-21 23:04]

Hi Cahit.
What a nice scene you have pictured. Timing is spot on. I like dark BG which underlines the main subject very impressively. Illumination of the bird and its prey as well as its "stage" is superb as well as the details of these objects. Composition of the shot is the best. Bravo. Well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-01 16:47]

Hello Cahit
Excellent capture.Good POV and very sharp image.Well compose image with nice pose from your subject .Nice colors to.Also excellent text.
TFS Michel

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-03-06 21:07]

Hello again Cahit,
Yet another wonderful capture, more of action here.This was perhaps a cpature you made at your home.The surroundings look more like inhabited area.But the beauty of the shot is no less.

The clarity is once again incredible.The focus and sharp details and establishing the eye contact with the bird make it more wonderful.Perhaps the bird became aware of your presence and became cautious for a while.It is but a lovely shot in excellent light conditions.The dark BG and OOF green on the left make the picture more interesting.
Very well done.

TFS and Cheers

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-03-19 6:31]

Cahit bey selamlar,
Güzel bir zamanlama ve kompozisyon.Emeğinize sağlık.

hello Cahit
perfect scene and excellent shot

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