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  Greater Kestrel

 

Falco rupicoloides

182) 35 cm; 260 g

SEXES  Alike, F > M. Overall pale rufous colour with fine black streaks, spots and bars, upright stance with longish yellow legs and pale cream eyes diagnostic. No malar stripe present; in flight underwing coverts are white.

JUV  Eyes dark, body deeper rufous and with bolder black markings.

STATUS  Fairly common in semi-arid areas. Sedentary with local movements in response to rainfall. Usually found singly or in pairs.

HABITAT  Open dry grassland and savanna grassland, also on verges of agricultural fields.

FOOD  Feeds mainly on invertebrates such as grasshoppers and termites, also reptiles, birds and small mammals.

CALL  High-pitched keeer or kwirrr.

BR  Monogamous. Usually br on old crows' or raptor nests, in trees or on man-made structures.

 

 

Kgr001

Deception Valley, CKGR

Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30

Lens: Integral

 

 

Kgr002

Deception Valley, CKGR

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kgr003

Deception Valley, CKGR

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kgr004

Deception Valley, CKGR

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kgr005

Deception Valley, CKGR

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kgr006

Deception Valley, CKGR

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kgr007

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Kgr008

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Kgr009

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L  

 

Kgr010

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Kgr011

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Kgr012

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

     

 

 

 

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