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Verbier, Valais


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/800 s, f/8, ISO 320 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Falconiformes   Family  Falconidae

Deutsch  *Turmfalke Dutch  Torenvalk
Italian  Gheppio comune Spanish  Cernícalo Vulgar


This Common Kestrel is seen hovering in the Swiss Alps, spreading out its tail, which acts as a brake before landing. It can see the urine trails of rodents thanks to its sensitivity to ultraviolet rays.


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Common Kestrel
Falco tinnunculus
Faucon crécerelle

Jean-Michel PAULUS