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'K' is for Kestrel

By NDODS    
Good day to you all. I am feeling a lot better today especially after a relatively good night's sleep.

Thanks to all of you who so kindly took the opportunity to view, comment and vote on my 'Still Life' images yesterday with a further mention going Wiliamsloan (Willie) and Myrab (Myra) for their most appreciated User Awards.

Todays uploads were captured only the other day whilst taking a stroll down the land close to where I live. I have never managed to photograph a Kestrel, so I was quite delighted to have this opportunity. Although the quality is not as good as it could be because my heart was pumping like a steam train with excitement, one can still enjoy.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day, for me who knows...

Regards as always Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Tags: Bird of prey Kestrel Inflight Perched Wildlife and nature

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Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 6:54AM
Lovely image of a beautiful bird.GrinGrin Peter.

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jdenman 10 18 5 Spain
25 Sep 2013 7:00AM
Is always great when you capture something as beautiful as a Kestrel, even better when you nail the shots like you have here.........John
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
25 Sep 2013 7:01AM
Fabulous captures, Nathan, with a great catchlight in the eye in V.1. Hope today is kind to you. Carol
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
25 Sep 2013 7:01AM
Great images you know how my heart pumps when I see the Big 5 in the wild and need to think of settings and holding the camera stillGrinGrinGrinGrin....a really beautiful bird, love the daigonal line in V1 and the flight shots are excellent
25 Sep 2013 7:06AM
Wonderful views Nathan. The bird in flight is my favourite. How lucky to see such a thing of beauty. Best wishes Patricia
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 7:15AM
Great images Nathan - I find birds one of the hardest to capture - you have done well. Smile

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 7:19AM
B & C is for beautiful capture's.SmileSmile
25 Sep 2013 7:21AM
Wonderful images Nathan, I agree with Carol, I too find birds the hardest to photograph Grin

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
25 Sep 2013 7:21AM
Good to open the arteries Smile Smile Smile
25 Sep 2013 7:23AM
Nice Shots; No 1 looks slight out of focus
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
25 Sep 2013 7:39AM
Lovely images Nathan !
25 Sep 2013 7:47AM
Nathan, nice little set mate, love v3 and v4, I think some birds are just best caught in flight this be one........well done.

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 7:55AM
Great set of images Nathan V3 and V4 are my favorites great in flight capturesSmile

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 8:17AM
Fabulous set of images Nathan

EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 8:34AM
Great set, V3 for me Smile

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
25 Sep 2013 9:00AM
What a lovely set of kestrel images! I like the clever title and the last two even more.
25 Sep 2013 9:04AM
I think they are fine - I like his little eye and claws!! Glad you feel better.Sad
25 Sep 2013 9:24AM
A nice set Nathan, I haven't seen mant Kestrels recently.....I lose count of the number of Buzzards I see every day on my travels up here in North WalesSmile

25 Sep 2013 9:38AM
Fabulous set of images Nathan. I find birds extremely difficult to capture especially inflight. Glad your feeling a lot better today
25 Sep 2013 9:40AM
Short rest and again to hunt!Smile
Good set, Nathan!Smile
Regards Valery
25 Sep 2013 9:51AM
wonderful set but sadly this beautiful creature is on the decline from what i gather from the RSPB
A nice set with V4 my pick. Well done Nathan.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 10:15AM
A really fine set here Nathan.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 10:31AM
I hope the heartrate has steadied Nathan - a wonderful bird to capture especially in flight.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
25 Sep 2013 10:38AM
Somewhat soft Nathan, but with a lens such as yours difficult !!
25 Sep 2013 10:44AM
they do not usually hang about to be photographed so well done for that and two fine BIF captures to finish it all off good work

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
25 Sep 2013 11:08AM
It is always the case when you get excited Nathan! Your heart starts pounding, but you have the photos of this very beautiful bird.


lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
25 Sep 2013 11:25AM
V4 for me. Glad you are feeling better
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 12:06PM
So lovely to see and shoot a kestrel! Wonderful shots, specially the ones in flight! WOW!
Lovely images...IB
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
25 Sep 2013 12:10PM
I have always said Nathan,
that ''some shot is better than no shot'',
and especially as it is a first sighting of a subject !!
Well done here in your excitement.
25 Sep 2013 12:19PM
Very Klever Knathan. Si.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 12:30PM
... and in flight too, and it must have been really exciting to captureSmile
9 10 10 England
25 Sep 2013 1:29PM
The more I look the more I appreciate this Nathan - Smile
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
25 Sep 2013 1:52PM
Glad you're feeling better. And had the chance to capture these super images......Sandy
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
25 Sep 2013 2:30PM
Yes, any shot is better than none at all. I have many far from perfect shots, but always keep them as they've captured the moment. And lucky you to have seen this - let alone capture several shots - we don't get to see birds like this around here Sad Well done, Nathan Wink
Glad to hear you're feeling perkier today, too! Smile
Trev Smile
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 2:59PM
You are right Nathan, it is so exciting capturing on camera these wonderful birds and you have managed it very well.

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 3:44PM
Beautiful captures Nathan,

Ali SmileSmile
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
25 Sep 2013 4:08PM
A good record of the experience Nathan!! Not 1 but 4!!
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
25 Sep 2013 5:05PM
A great set Nathen
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 5:37PM
Hi Nathan, great set of shots, i like the in flight ones best
25 Sep 2013 5:43PM
An exciting moment indeed Nathan, great to have such an opportunity. V1 and V3 for me, and very glad to here you're feeling much better.

John Smile
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 5:45PM
A splendid set & esp. love V1
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 6:14PM
The inflight shots for me as I'm rubbish at them.Smile

25 Sep 2013 6:38PM
Well taken, Nathan. Especially like the in-flight shots.

carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 6:47PM
A super capture, Nathan, like the diagonal presentation, adds to the composition nicely.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 7:01PM
Don't really know what to say.
25 Sep 2013 8:14PM
Great captures Nathan.

Jenny Smile
Franko59 6 3 2 England
25 Sep 2013 8:15PM
A great effort at the most difficult of subjects! not the sharpest of images but given the lens and difficulty of getting anything at all a top effort Nathan!!,,, Ian
25 Sep 2013 9:13PM
Beautiful captures Nathan!
25 Sep 2013 9:38PM
Lovely set Nathan. You must be so pleased. Cathy
Philpot Plus
5 39 4 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 10:48PM
V1 for me Nathan, so soft and sweet. keep up the good work!Smile
26 Sep 2013 4:23AM
Lovely V 3 & 4.
crissyb 5 9 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2013 4:53AM
nice shot of a lovely Bird..........keep it up...
26 Sep 2013 5:17PM
lovely set of captures Nathan
Source 7
27 Sep 2013 12:02AM
Beautiful captures
tonyguitar 6 65 37 Canada
2 Oct 2013 7:45PM
You reached out at the extreme long end of your Sigma zoom and
got the true nature of the Kestrel. My odds are much lower
at the outer edge like this. A tough challenge with a Sigma. TG
Potra 5 Venezuela
13 Oct 2013 9:09PM
Awesome set of images, loved the flying ones.

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