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Castellar de la Frontera, Andalusia


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/2000 s, f/7.1, ISO 640 
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Rötelfalke Dutch  Kleine Torenvalk
Italian  Grillaio Spanish  Cernícalo Primilla


The Lesser Kestrel eats insects, but also small birds, reptiles and rodents (especially mice), which are often taken on the ground. It nests colonially on buildings, cliffs, or in tree holes, laying up to 3-6 eggs. No nest structure is built, which is typical for falcons. It is widespread and plentiful on a global scale. Notice yellow talons - an easy way to distinguish between Lesser and Common Kestrel.


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Jean-Michel PAULUS