Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

“Howdy down there!”

“Howdy down there!”

This American Kestrel hovered right above the road up about 50 feet at the Ridgefield NWR, Dec. 6, 2016.  Typically, they’ll hover in position for 15-20 seconds and either dive for a catch or move on to another position.  This guy stuck around for at least 30 seconds, giving me lots of shots, and making it harder to pick the best pose.  I liked this one because both the top of one wing and the bottom of another are visible and he appears to be making eye contact.


Canon 7D Mark II, 1/2000, f4, ISO 800, 500mm, 12:36 p.m.

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