Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

American Kestrel Portrait

American Kestrel Portrait

This male American Kestrel was comfortable letting me approach in my vehicle to within about ten feet of the sign he was perched on.  Taken at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 29, 2010 using a Canon 7D, 1/500, f6.3, ISO1600, +2/3 EV, Canon 400mm f5.6L lens.

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2 Responses to “American Kestrel Portrait”

  1. I know this bird! I knew that it was a special rime when he sat there and worked through a series of poses….work it baby, work it. I love how using the sky as a background features the bird in a really clean context. The closeup version of this portrait really brings out the detail and beauty of this marvelous bird. I’m glad we both got the chance to see and photograph this bird. Your shot is wonderfully sharp and catches the bird looking coy. Great job Dennis.

    • Dennis says:

      Thanks Bruce! I’m not a huge fan of white sky backgrounds but when a kestrel is the subject, it doesn’t look too bad. The bird’s colors seem to really pop against the white. It was a great day! Still hoping to see you over at the refuge soon!

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