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Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 25 October 2010 in Animal & Insect.

Of all of the shots in this series, probably this is the one that gives me the most pleasure. Kestrels were commonplace when I was a lad, but they suffered a huge decline in numbers-hitting the endangered list about 15 years agp. No one really knows why this happened-pesticides, loss of habitat, changing farming methods have all been blamed, but there is no definitive reason.
Their numbers have crept back over the years, but they still aren't that common-so I was very pleased to see this little chap 2 Sundays ago.

Canon EOS 7D 1/2500 second F/18.0 ISO 3200 500 mm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

lovely shot, very right at home

25 Oct 2010 5:20am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Really well shot. The intensity of the hawk's gaze is superb.

25 Oct 2010 5:41am

rem_la from Villiers, France

sur son arbre perché, il est superbe !

25 Oct 2010 5:56am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Looks fantastic framed against the blue sky. A majestic bird and glad you got the shot!

25 Oct 2010 6:01am

P. Morris from Canada

Very beautiful capture, he looks like a young one.

25 Oct 2010 6:45am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Nice shot.

But I think you need to clean your lens. Just above the tip of the plant you can see a black spot, which I believe to be a dust. You can easily clean that in photoshop, anyway.

25 Oct 2010 6:46am

@Xerophytes: Well spotted! I'll have a look now and get my cleaning cloth out!!

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A superb presentation, very beautiful !

25 Oct 2010 6:50am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Fine shot...

25 Oct 2010 7:29am

piet from Bruges, Belgium

excellent capture, and I love your interesting comments

25 Oct 2010 7:33am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

great bird..

25 Oct 2010 7:48am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Excellent capture! You've shot great birdpics, as I saw browsing back;-)

25 Oct 2010 8:01am

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

a splendid shot, but yep, looks like some pork pie on the sensor.

25 Oct 2010 8:09am

@CATCHLIGHT: My new bag will be kept as a pork-pie free zone. It'll be tough-but I know I've gotta do it!

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Another great shot.. like how he is sitting on top of that branch..

25 Oct 2010 8:10am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful animal to watch carefully what the photographer! Best regards, Adela

25 Oct 2010 8:32am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

That's a good sign, I hope many more will come back! A beautiful photo of this lovely bird against the blue sky.

25 Oct 2010 8:55am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Really a nice one. Cheers

25 Oct 2010 8:55am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yes, a wonderful feeling to be suddenly in touch with the Natural Wold in moments like this. And what a beautiful bird.

25 Oct 2010 9:18am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A beautiful shot! great you could make it,that they are still there..proves once
again how strong nature is.

25 Oct 2010 9:28am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Yes a beautiful bird nicely framed

25 Oct 2010 9:33am

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

just on time ! Great

25 Oct 2010 9:47am

Yvon from Orleans, France

great portrait

25 Oct 2010 11:11am

Don from Spokane, United States

A fortunate and very fine shot of this beautiful bird. He also provided you with a very nice pose and highlight in his eye. Very nice image.

25 Oct 2010 11:55am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I don't know these birds... so sorry to read they became so rare now. You've captured it in a wonderful way here Chris, a very nice portrait ! Have a lovely day :)

25 Oct 2010 11:58am

silver from k, Iran

he is so cute

25 Oct 2010 11:59am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom


25 Oct 2010 12:07pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great compo . super capture !

25 Oct 2010 12:09pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Lovely got lovely blue screen at background.

25 Oct 2010 12:13pm

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

He is very beautiful against the blue sky! Great shot!

25 Oct 2010 1:01pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

beautifully composed shot..well done

25 Oct 2010 1:26pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Beautiful shot! Your capture of this Kestrel is wonderful in this light and against your wonderful blue sky.

25 Oct 2010 1:33pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Quite a nice capture

25 Oct 2010 1:41pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Very nice image !

25 Oct 2010 3:26pm

David from Avranches, France

Great shot, Is it looking at you.

25 Oct 2010 4:20pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

wonderful - what a sweet sweet face. I'm so glad you got an image of him. Here's hope that they continue to grow in numbers.

25 Oct 2010 5:14pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

very nice framin' it

25 Oct 2010 5:21pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

So it is, to go with the others........dirty boy!

25 Oct 2010 6:48pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

excellent capture and composition

25 Oct 2010 7:00pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

that's an exciting location where the bird stands!
by the way, a blemish in front of the bird, have you noticed it?

25 Oct 2010 7:11pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Well captured !

25 Oct 2010 7:34pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

A lovely bird, glad to hear that they are recovering. Excellent shot too.

25 Oct 2010 8:36pm

Iris from Assen, Netherlands

great capture!!

25 Oct 2010 9:38pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I would be pleased to see one of these too! Nice catchlight and head angle.

25 Oct 2010 10:30pm

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Loving that special pork pie effect you gave this one.....

25 Oct 2010 10:40pm

@Sally: Ever since EU regulation 901/438-15(Pork pies, and other composite foods, use and mis-use) outlawed pork pies on lenses due to health a safety reasons, I've been scared to go for this effect-but just every so often the urge just gets too much...

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Great shot of the kestrel perched happily on the top of the tree. Fabulous that you got to see him too:)

26 Oct 2010 1:09am

Iknow from Chengdu, China

yeah! that`s charming,love the graceful mood& atmosphere here,just great!

26 Oct 2010 1:47am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

surely it's a pleasure to meet that guy on a Sunday morn and a pleasure to view this wonderful shot

26 Oct 2010 3:52am

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

What a beauty!

26 Oct 2010 4:27am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Crackin' shot! 500mm! I'd love to know what lens you're using......

26 Oct 2010 4:32am

@Stu: It's a Sigma Image stabilised 150-500 zoom. Without doubt the best "Bang for Buck" lens in the bag! Apparently, they now do a 50-500 lens, but I just can't see how they could get the optics to work with such a wide range...

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! These shots are amazing! Superb detail and clarity. Very well captured

26 Oct 2010 8:41am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom


26 Oct 2010 1:06pm

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

that is one beady eye.

26 Oct 2010 6:00pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

So natural looking up there considering he is in a bird conservatory. You can see him studiously watching everything going on below.. maybe imagine he is hunting.

26 Oct 2010 6:42pm

Eric from Narbonne, France

nice pic, the french name is "crecerelle" for information
each year, i ve a couple of crecerelle who comes to make their childs in a hole of one of my old stones walls of my garden, thats very nice to watch :D

27 Dec 2010 6:35am

@Eric: You very lucky man! How lovely!

Canon EOS 7D
1/2500 second
ISO 3200
500 mm