The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae.It is a bird of farm land and open areas. It is known for the way it hovers above the ground , in search of prey.
It is a medium- sized (32- 29 cm ) falcon with long wings and tail.Plumage is light chestnut – brown with blackish spots on the upper-side and buff with narrow blackish streaks on the underside.The sexes are distinct, in males the rump and tail are bluish grey and unbarred,whereas in females they are brownish – red with dark barring.The head is grey in males and brown in females.( Source – Wikipedia)
10th November, was a good day for me. Prior to this , I have tried almost a month to photograph this lady. Though I had managed to take few shots,I was not happy with it. On this day, I spent a good amount of time with her, I saw her Hoover , I saw her preen , I saw her catch insects. I managed to click shots which I wanted.
Ground Level shot of Common Kestrel
Common Kestrel – Preening
Please click HERE to read about Preening.
Lost in Preening
(Can you spot the head?)
The below image was taken on 1st November and it is special to me. It was raining here in Bangalore for almost a week (remember Cyclone Nilam?), I had no plans of going for birdwatching or for photography as I thought it would rain , My friend (Hemanth) called me the previous night and asked if we can go, if there is no rain. On this day, it was drizzling but we thought it would stop and went ahead with the plan . But , the drizzle slowly picked up for our bad, added to that going in activa made it even more difficult for us. Mud went inside all possible parts it could go to and we had tough time cleaning it. It was still drizzling and was impossible to go back in the same path , we planned to take the other exit . On the way to exit , we stopped to take a photograph of a Paddy field Pipit but to our luck this beauty came and perched close to where we were.It was first time I was that close to any bird , I could see the details of it just with my eyes. I still cannot forget that eye contact. Got my first Portrait this day ! .Sometimes things just happen 🙂
The Kestrel feeds largely on small mammals, and small birds.Invertebrates are also very important components of the diet.Kestrels hunt by sight,upon spotting their quarry,they plunge to the ground ,seizing the prey with their talon.(Source – Arkive)
Kestrels, when hovering are able to stay still even in strong winds. I have seen one on top of Tadiyandamol hover against strong winds.
Nikon D300s,Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens , in Hessarghatta.
Hope you all had a great weekend ,Good Night 🙂
Last to weeks have been very busy , something or the other kept me busy.I had to work last saturday 😦 Being in the Office on a saturday is no fun , it really sucks!On a positive note , I read two brilliant book’s. One , ” The Fall of a sparrow ” ( Salim Ali) – Thanks to Reliance Time Out 😛 , 2nd one being “ Of Birds And Birdsong” ( M Krishnan).
It is always Exciting to photograph Small birds. They are colorful,they are active most of the time and at times they are difficult to photograph.
(Among many things) One thing I want to improve is, I want to capture shot that shows behavior than a shot that shows only the existence of the bird. For that , I have to be patient , observe , read and learn about my subject (which I am doing) . Saying that , I understand that I can take it to that level if I can go beyond the simple shot . And of course , I am not taking anything away from existence shots as they are quite pleasing in themselves .
Siberian Stonechat (Male)
(Please click on the picture )
Do let me know the area which you feel I should work on, to make it better. Thanks in advance 🙂
Comments, critiques and suggestions are welcome.
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus),also called the scavenger vulture. It has an unmistakable appearance, possessing white plumage with black feathers in the wings and tail . They have bare yellow face and the bill is large and narrow with a curved tip. The legs are pink in adults and grey in juveniles.Young birds are blackish or chocolate-brown with black and white patches.
They are also called as Pharaoh’s Chicken
Egyptian Vultures feed mainly on carrion but are opportunistic and will prey on small mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Conservation status of Egyptian Vulture is ENDANGERED , according to IUCN Red List.
The light was not on my side , this is the best I could do. Hope you like it.
Critics and comments are welcome 🙂