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Lesser Kestrel

Falco naumanni

Description:

Lesser Kestel is a passage migrant in the western part of India making a stopover during its long-distance migration. It breeds in Europe, Central Asia, China, and Mongolia, and spends the nonbreeding period in central and southern Africa, particularly South Africa.

Habitat:

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary in Rajasthan is a vast open Grassland habitat that offers a wider array of prey like Locusts, Desert Jirds, Larks and much more for both residents and migratory Raptors that frequent this area, especially in the winters.

Notes:

The grassland habitat provides them with ample food during their stay here. While photographing this individual, I observed it voraciously pecking on insects like Grasshoppers and Mantis from the grassland.

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2 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 months ago

Fantastic spotting! What an amazing photo!

Brian38
Brian38 9 months ago

Great capture and observations, Vipul!

Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Chhapar, Rajasthan, India

Spotted on Oct 3, 2020
Submitted on Oct 10, 2020

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