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Posts Tagged ‘american kestrel’

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

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

Kestrel in Winter

An American Kestrel, captured on March 6, 2015, at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f5.6, ISO 500, 700mm, 1:20 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on January 18, 2016

Fierce and Mighty!

An American Kestrel in the process of launching toward a possible meal at the Ridgefield NWR, Jan. 15, 2016. VIEW LARGE Canon 5D Mark III, 1/2000, f4, ISO 2000, 500mm, 10:16 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 23, 2015

Feather Adjustment

A shot from below, of an American Kestrel female adjusting her feathers as she hangs onto that precarious perch. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 2000, 500 mm, 11:31 a.m., cloudy Continue Reading

Posted in Bird Gallery on December 15, 2015

Hovering Beauty 2

Here’s an American Kestrel in hover mode taken Nov. 20, 2015, at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 11:14 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 10, 2015

“It’s Mine!”

A shot from back on Oct. 27, 2015, at the Ridgefield NWR.  This male American Kestrel has just caught some kind of insect and is letting us know about it. VIEWLARGE! Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 500, 500mm, 12:51 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on November 15, 2015

Autumn Kestrel on Teasel

This is the same female American Kestrel I posted an image of in which she was perched on a cattail (11/9/15).  As mentioned in the commentary on that shot, I followed the bird about a half mile (slowly in my truck) as it flew from natural perch to natural perch.  Not letting m ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on November 9, 2015

American Kestrel on Cattail

It was a really nice day weather-wise at the Ridgefield NWR today, Nov. 9, 2015.  There was an ‘odd’ American Kestrel there between markers #11 & 13 that would perch on all natural perches (can you imagine that?) along the side of the road as I slowly approached ... Continue Reading