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American Kestrel

By SteveMoulding  
Again a photo from last year, another bird of prey, this time an American Kestrel against an uninspiring background of grey skies. This is the only time I have ever seen one, such a beautiful bird. I am still waiting for a chance and the time to get out with my camera, it is almost 3 months now and feels like a lot longer. I will just have to sort through some of last years for the time being.
I hope you like this one. A quick upload again. I am trying to keep up with you all when time permits, so many thanks for all your comments and votes, they are very much appreciated.
Best wishes,

Tags: Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: Glyn1, kdwendorf, KevinWalsham and 70 more

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Glyn1 7 4 1 England
22 Jan 2010 12:09PM
Nice tight crop of a lovely bird. good work.


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22 Jan 2010 12:15PM
very well captured and love the fine detail.
metro074 6 8 Australia
22 Jan 2010 12:19PM
stunning capture. Awesome detail
22 Jan 2010 12:23PM
22 Jan 2010 12:35PM
Great shot Steve - well captured

fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
22 Jan 2010 12:36PM
A super well photographed capture.

22 Jan 2010 12:41PM
superb image
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
22 Jan 2010 12:58PM
Great feather detail and colour. - gary
martinjp 7 2 3 Wales
22 Jan 2010 1:00PM
a lovely portrait Steve, nicely captured, composed and presented...

maryg 8 66 18 Scotland
22 Jan 2010 1:03PM
Superbly captured wonderful texture, colour and detail!
MandsH 9 England
22 Jan 2010 1:13PM
Beautiful close up shot
22 Jan 2010 1:18PM
His eyes just seem to be looking right through me
A great shot ...and crop - makes it more intense
chunky1972 8 2 1 Northern Ireland
22 Jan 2010 1:22PM
Great shot hopefully no one will upload a mod as I think this is sweet.
7 10 10 England
22 Jan 2010 1:28PM
A beautiful bird indeed and you have captured it perfectly.
22 Jan 2010 1:38PM
A beautiful close-up. Lovely detail and great eye contact.......Sandy
PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2010 1:48PM
Wonderful capture!
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
22 Jan 2010 2:27PM
Stunning capture and composition. Such superb detail and colour too. The eyes are wonderful.

arhb Plus
9 3.1k 68 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2010 2:51PM
How a raptor can look cute - you captured it here Steve, an excellent poprtrait.
Wel taken.
22 Jan 2010 3:13PM
Very well captured portrait Steve.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
22 Jan 2010 3:36PM
Superb Steve. Great capture.
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2010 3:37PM
A superb portrait with splendid detail - well taken Steve.
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
22 Jan 2010 4:04PM
Pleased to be 30 for this fine shot.

Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
22 Jan 2010 4:20PM
A brillianr close-up Steve.
goso 10 2 1 Australia
22 Jan 2010 5:40PM
Grand shot of this lovely bird Steve...Bill
22 Jan 2010 8:32PM
An amazing close up.
22 Jan 2010 9:01PM
Wonderful close up. Gary
22 Jan 2010 9:14PM
Another cracker, Steve, beautiful feather detail.
22 Jan 2010 9:19PM
Wonderful close up a very beautiful bird, excellent detail.
Roly 9 Wales
22 Jan 2010 10:33PM
Well captured.
hary60 7 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2010 10:35PM
Stunning close up Steve excellent detail
Techno Plus
8 1.8k 8 England
23 Jan 2010 10:59AM
Lovely shot and the crop for me works well, delightful raptor these took a few shots of one on the iow last Feb'.
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
23 Jan 2010 1:26PM
fantastic close up Steve
RTDS 8 Cyprus
23 Jan 2010 5:00PM
Awsome close up with stunning details and colours.
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
23 Jan 2010 10:41PM
Lucky you to get to see and capture such a magnificient bird! Super image with lots of detail, Patti
theend 7 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 11:49AM
Great shot
Suehh 9 39 6 England
24 Jan 2010 7:47PM
A great close up - the colours and detail are fantastic
Thushari 7 1 Sri Lanka
25 Jan 2010 4:56AM
Great portrait Steve, nice details and colors.
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
29 Jan 2010 8:21PM
Simply exquisite Steve - wonderfully detailed portrait - love the close crop.
Artangel 7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2010 10:07AM
Fabulous shot with fine feather detail. Romney

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