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Kestrel, Cernícalo vulgar

Falco tinnunculus

Description:

Adult female. Common Kestrels measure 32–39 cm from head to tail, with a wingspan of 65–82 cm. Females are noticeably larger. Like the other Falco species, they have long wings as well as a distinctive long tail. Their plumage is mainly light chestnut brown with blackish spots on the upperside and buff with narrow blackish streaks on the underside; the remiges are also blackish. Unlike most raptors, they display sexual colour dimorphism with the male having fewer black spots and streaks, as well as a blue-grey cap and tail. The tail is brown with black bars in females, and has a black tip with a narrow white rim in both sexes. The cere, feet, and a narrow ring around the eye are bright yellow; the toenails, bill and iris are dark. Juveniles look like adult females, but the underside streaks are wider; the yellow of their bare parts is paler. Hatchlings are covered in white down feathers, changing to a buff-grey second down coat before they grow their first true plumage

Habitat:

Spotted at a rocky sea shore.

Notes:

Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/400 sec.; f/10; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash

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arlanda
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arlanda

El Franco, Asturias, Spain

Spotted on Aug 27, 2013
Submitted on Nov 29, 2013

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