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Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on September 18, 2017

Sunset Supper

A September 1, 2017, image of an American Kestrel enjoying its catch near the sunset hour at the Ridgefield NWR.  Taken from a long distance. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1250, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 7:30 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on August 14, 2017

Chillin’ between hunting flights

This is the same American Kestrel that I posted a hover shot of the other day.  Here the bird is taking a rest before heading out to do more hunting. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1250, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 6:46 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on August 13, 2017

Hovering in Summer

Here’s another shot of an airborne bird taken on my Aug. 7, 2017, visit to the Ridgefield NWR.  This American Kestrel is hovering over the newly mown fields of the refuge in early evening sun looking for just about anything that moves. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1250, f4, ISO 640 ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on July 29, 2017

King of the Haystack

Many of the grassy fields at the Ridgefield NWR are cut down and baled.  On July 26, 2017, I came across this male American Kestrel perched on the corner of one of the top bales which were stacked high.  When it flew off, it joined another kestrel hunting the freshly mowed land ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on April 29, 2017

Air Patrol

An American Kestrel hovers over the fields of the Ridgefield NWR, April 26, 2017. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 200, 500mm, 2:37 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on March 6, 2017

Falcon in Flight

An American Kestrel in flight, just coming out of hover mode.  Taken March 1, 2017, at the Ridgefield NWR.  This one has a pretty heavy crop so try not to zoom in too far.  🙂 Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 1:07 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 27, 2016

Post Landing

A little far away on this one — an American Kestrel had just landed on this small post at the Ridgefield NWR, Nov. 25, 2016. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 2500, 500mm, 8:58 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 14, 2016

“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, giv ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on November 6, 2016

Non-stressful Kestrel

Typically, when a bird is holding onto the branch with just one foot, it’s in relaxation mode–hence, the title of today’s American Kestrel shot, “Non-stressful Kestrel.”  Taken Nov. 4, 2016, at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1250, f4, ISO 4 ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on August 10, 2016

Rodent Monitor

An August 4, 2016, shot of an American Kestrel hovering over a recently mowed field at the Ridgefield NWR, on the hunt for rodents, bugs, and the like. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f4, ISO 320, 500mm, 8:37 a.m. Continue Reading