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Kestrel with Vole.

By justin c
I had been wanting to get some images of a kestrel for a few years and had always failed miserably.They would normally be long gone as soon as I stopped the car,let alone got out of it.
My oppurtunity came last Summer,I had noticed this individual hunting at the same spot on a couple of occasions,I decided to go out on the mountain bike to see if I could find him/her.Within 10 minutes of arriving I looked up and saw the bird hovering,quite high up.I fumbled around getting the camera rucksack out of the panniers and tried to set the camera and lens up as quick as possible.I didn't dare look up, and the whole time I was saying to myself,"stay there,stay there.
Eventually got the camera set-up and slowly looked skywards to see the Kestrel still hovering, quite high in the sky,too high in fact fired off a couple of shots,anticipating the Kestrel was bound to disappear into the distance at any moment. I thought my luck had ended ,but it had only just began,the Kestrel dropped straight downwards and proceeded to hover no more than 20-30 ft almost directly above me,he then dived straight into some long grass and emerged with this vole.I thankfully managed to get one sharp shot of the bird with his prey just as he began to fly off.
After returning home and looking at the shot on the monitor at 100% I was quite suprised to see a catchlight in the Vole's eye and he's even looking straight at the camera.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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22 Dec 2005 7:01AM
What a brilliant shot!
Be pleased.
cramj 16 430 1 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 7:02AM
An amazing shot , well done
covey 17 1.7k Ireland
22 Dec 2005 7:04AM
Bloody Brilliant

Miles Herbert 20 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 7:05AM
Brilliant catch, well done.
MalcolmM Plus
17 2.1k 5 Scotland
22 Dec 2005 7:08AM
Congrats. on a wonderful shot. Would love to see a large version - looks very sharp.
Well done.
terry_cavner 17 332 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 7:13AM
ericfaragh Plus
18 149 6 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 7:33AM
Well done.
mohikan22 Plus
18 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 7:36AM
superb shot Grin my fav BOP and you have done them justice Grin
well done!!
top marks from me Grin
pcjackso Junior Member 17 7
22 Dec 2005 7:43AM
Super detail,Great shot
IanFlindt 17 740 21 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 7:44AM
Excellent, Justin.
22 Dec 2005 7:45AM
wow what can i say
class 1 image this extreamly well taken and a very good story to go with it very striking underwing pattern
and a good crispness feel to it
wish i could gt a shot like this complete with prey
thx for ur comments on my pic

ps i might have lost some of my pic today because my harddrive packed up
but my mate is going to try and sort it
the shots i might have lost is from the deer in the mist with the autum trees to present day being buzzard and my baby girl photos im a idiot for not backing up
but i will know later tonight if all is ok or not
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
22 Dec 2005 7:52AM
Many thanks to everyone for commenting,I very much appreciate it,thanks.

Thanks for commenting.
I do hope you get your computer sorted out.
Wish I could offer some advice but my knowledge of computers leaves a lot to be desired.

Fingers crossed you manage to recover all of your images.

Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
22 Dec 2005 8:40AM
Only one thing to say about this image......I wish it were mine!
Well done to you....

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
22 Dec 2005 8:41AM
Thanks Ade.
Gavin 17 17
22 Dec 2005 9:10AM
A wondeful capture. Exposure is spot-on.

Terry L 18 609 5 England
22 Dec 2005 9:25AM
A fine capture Justin, I bet this looks absolutely stunning large.

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
22 Dec 2005 9:34AM
Thanks Gavin.

Thanks Terry.
22 Dec 2005 9:41AM
Excellent shot well done
Greyheron 20 282 7 England
22 Dec 2005 10:40AM
Fine work Justin, worth the wait for a truely wonderful image.

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
22 Dec 2005 10:46AM
Thanks Angela/ Mike.
I appreciate the words.
22 Dec 2005 5:00PM
very neat shot.patience paid off on this one! click
chinny 17 492 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 10:18PM
Well done I know how difficult these birds are to capture.
danpen 18 15 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2005 10:58PM
Excellent shot, well spotted
Nigel_NZ 16 26 3 New Zealand
23 Dec 2005 12:24AM
Excellent shot definately worthy of click, good to go natural, shot in million.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 825 England
23 Dec 2005 8:52AM
Excellent piece of work!
albi 18 68 1 England
23 Dec 2005 1:41PM
Great shot,well done
flowerted 18 106 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2005 6:44AM
just looked in justin
great shot well deserved RC havent had a shot for a few weeks now, and stil busy at work nice work
Maddie 17 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2005 11:38AM
hi justin, great capture
nothsafoto 17 170 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2006 1:09PM
Hi Justin,

Glad to see you're still enjoying taking pictures and producing such fine shots too. Wish I could get one of these in the bag.

clive burrow 18 71 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2006 7:25PM
Well exposed Justin, a great shot

Hawkgenes 17 10 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2006 11:01AM
A magnificent shot, so clear and detailed. To have some prey as well is just the icing on the cake

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
8 Jan 2006 5:27AM
Thanks everyone for leaving a comment.Very much appreciated as always.

adamburton 18 627 11 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2006 1:33PM
The fact that the kestrel has the vole just makes this image even more special.

great stuff justin.

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
13 Jan 2006 5:20AM
Thanks Adam.

maures53 16 1 United States
20 Jan 2006 9:30AM
Enjoyed reading your image description. Looks like it was worth the time and effort.

Newtman 16 2 5
21 Mar 2006 3:06AM
Thanks for your comments on my work. This shot just took my breath away. It would be in a class of its own without the vole. With it, it is a once-in-a-lifetimer. Congratulations.

justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
21 Mar 2006 3:12AM
Thanks Cary, thanks David.
CarlyMorg 16 50
31 Mar 2006 2:28AM
Excellent shot Justin.
Ricky34 16 13
31 Mar 2006 9:16AM
Fantastic capture justin and not even a speck of dust on the sensor.
Good shot

Ricky "click"
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
31 Mar 2006 11:42AM
Thanks Raymond, thanks Ricky.

rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
13 Oct 2006 6:48PM
Something I have wanted to capture for a long time. Superb image with the prey stunning. I envy you this one. Ron.
justin c 18 5.2k 36 England
30 Jun 2007 11:07AM
Thanks Ron

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