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European Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus


A pair of wild kestrels in their natural habitat near Valencia. A=a small, chestnut brown bird of prey with the he average adult male weighing around 155 grams (5.5 ounces) and the female weighing around 184 grams (6.5 ounces). Female kestrels are slightly larger than male kestrels.


Kestrels are found in a wide variety of habitats, including grasslands, meadows, deserts, and other open to semi-open regions. They can also be found in both urban and suburban areas.


We observed both the male and female for several hours as they flew back and forth from their nesting site

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Stephen Wain
Stephen Wain 3 years ago

Thank you for such encouraging comments. Photo #2 is my favourite also

armadeus.4 3 years ago

Stunning shots of these gorgeous birds. Thank you for sharing Stephen :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Gorgeous spotting. All photos are beautiful, but #2 has something special. Congrats on your sotw nomination.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Super spotting.
Yes pics 2,3

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

Very nice series; especially like the second photo!

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated again Stephen!

Stephen Wain
Spotted by
Stephen Wain

València, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Apr 2, 2019
Submitted on Apr 10, 2019

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