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Nankeen Kestrel

Nankeen Kestrel (Image ID 46356)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Mon 30th Mar, 2009 and uploaded on Fri 21st May, 2021 .
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ID46356
CommentThe Nankeen Kestrel used to be common in my outer suburb of Kelmscott (Perth, WA) in the past, when the locality was still predominantly rural and semi-rural. Decades ago, it was a familiar sight to see a pair of these kestrels hunting from the scattered dead trees in paddocks by the side of roads or hovering above. By 2021 this kestrel has become a somewhat unusual sight due to re-development for residential and industrial purposes. However, the species is still around and can be seen hunting from light poles and the roof of industrial buildings, especially in the evenings, when things are quiet here and humans have gone home after work. It is still quite likely to see one during the day, too, were you to drive along Tonkin Hwy, cutting through the suburb; but I have not seen one hover above my garden for a few years, and not a single one has perched here for perhaps a decade. I reckon the species has definitely become scarcer in my 40 years in Kelmscott, concurrent with the disappearance of grassland paddocks on the Swan Coastal Plain. This image was taken mid-day with the falcon heavily backlit. Time of capture: 11:06.
EquipmentNikon D3 camera body with Nikkor AF-S ED 500mm f4 D IF lens + Nikon TC-14E MkII Teleconverter,
Manfrotto Article 055B tripod/Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head
Camera Settings: Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority f5.6: Shutter speed 1/2000s; EV +1.3 step & ISO-1000. Metering Mode: Matrix; Focus Mode: AF-S & AF-Area Mode: Single. Picture Control: Vivid.
Post processing: Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting file followed by Tif conversition; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 226% crop, selective sharpening, general post-processing and removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise AI for moderate blanket sharpening and mild noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for data, distribution confirmation and colour checks
LocationLake McLarty, Western Australia
Keywordsfemale, adult
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