On and early morning walk in the vast sand dunes of the empty quarter, outside the city of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), I came upon a common kestrel which had just taken down a collared dove – an bird almost it’s own size. Kestrels moslty seem to go after insects and small reptiles — this one must have been quite hungry and fast. It let me get close enough to get the photo (by crawling through the sand – not great for the camera) and then leave so it could enjoy it’s well deserved meal. The kestrels live and nest in the Jabel Hafit mountain area (UAE). Canon 40D with 100-400mm lens.


nature, wildlife, bird, falcon, dune, desert


  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture… Please put the exact location of where you took the photo in the description, then resubmit it to the Wild Nature Photography and Writting Group..

  • Hi Carol – thanks very much for the comment — and directions – you have a great group – dave

    – David Clark

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture … oh and he sees you too!!!!!!!! Gorgeous composition … you have all of that fabulous long shadow … the light so perfect!!!!! WOW!!!!

  • Hey Lois — thanks very much for the comment and the favorite – he very much saw me but wasnt about to give up his prize – so I got close enough and then backed off – cheers – dave

    – David Clark

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    Wow! This must have been one hungry Kestrel. Excellent capture.

  • Hey Bunny – thanks very much — I thought it was a falcon at first as I have never seen a krestle take down this size of prey – cheers – dave

    – David Clark

  • linaji
    linajialmost 4 years ago

    OH WOW.. you really are getting the jest of natural law.. excellent work

  • thanks very much — yeah I really like to see nature at work especially wild birds of prey – they are amazing — cheers – dave

    – David Clark

  • vadim19
    vadim19almost 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture, David!

  • thanks again Vadim — cheers – dave

    – David Clark

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...almost 4 years ago

    what a shot! amazing capture David! I would have never guessed that they would eat doves…

  • thank you guys – cheers – dave

    – David Clark

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture! I love the detail in this.

  • Hi Sherry – thank you – I was able to get fairly close as it wasnt about to leave its prey – dave

    – David Clark

  • henuly1
    henuly1almost 4 years ago


  • thanks very much – dave

    – David Clark

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing capture, David!

  • Thank you again Bela – dave

    – David Clark

  • patjila
    patjilaalmost 4 years ago

    Love the contact you had with the bird, wonderful capture!

  • Hi Patjila – thank you – I really do like to watch birds of prey they have such a way about them – powerful and sure of themselves — this guy was none to happy with me — but I let him alone to finish his meal — I see that you also like the kestrel – cheers – dave

    – David Clark

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