Banded Kestrel, near Ankarana, Madagascar
Presumably a Banded kestrel. This one was very far away so I had to crop to the maximum and beyond. It was sitting at the highest tip of this tree. A funny moment was when a crested drongo chased it away from this prime location.
The Banded Kestrel is a bird of prey belonging to the falcon family Falconidae. It is endemic to Madagascar and is also known as the Madagascar Banded Kestrel, Barred Kestrel or Madagascar Barred Kestrel. Its closest relatives are the Grey Kestrel and Dickinson's Kestrel of mainland Africa and the three are sometimes placed in the subgenus ''Dissodectes''.
It is 27–30 cm long with a wingspan of 60–68 cm. The upperparts are grey and the tail is dark. The underparts are whitish.. more