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Lesser Kestrel

Falco naumanni


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.


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.


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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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 months ago

Fantastic spotting! What an amazing photo!

Brian38 9 months ago

Great capture and observations, Vipul!

Vipul Ramanuj
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Vipul Ramanuj

Chhapar, Rajasthan, India

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

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