European Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Had an unbelievable experience today with this friendly female Kestrel. Was taking some photo's laying on the street myself and she was eating some mouse at about 5 or 6 meters. When she was finished she ran towards me and took a dust bath just 3 meters away. I was very surprised and not prepared and my buffer was full so I'm very happy I still managed this shot.

D300 200-400VR 270mm F5,6 1/320sec -1/3stop iso250, beanbag on the ground 80% of original. Just sliced off some on the right and bottem.

 

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Taken on March 15, 2008