This bird was first identified as an Eastern Redfooted Kestrel by a friend, but others suggest it may be a Lanner, probably a juvenile too. In fact, it is a Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) and a female by all accounts. This variety of Kestrel breeds in both Europe and Asia and migrates to Africa. It was shot by camera in captivity, but that does not make it a lesser image. The challenge was to get the exact right pose… if you think humans are difficult to sit for portraits, then try this little ‘critter”
(Canon 50D; f/5,6; 1/100sec; ISO-200; 120mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Getting the right shot of your subject is critical to the impact of the image you take. Take many of the same subject, adjusting perhaps depth of field (aperture) and exposure where necessary. Make use of the brightness histogram and the RGB histogram (for colour saturation and graduation) if available, when displaying images on your camera, to guide you. Shoot darker rather than lighter.