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Posts Tagged ‘hovering’

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 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 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 September 9, 2015

“I Like What I See!”

This male Osprey couldn’t have picked a better spot to stop and hover, allowing me to shoot out my truck window.  It stayed around until for couple of minutes until another Osprey joined it, when they decided to change locations. Best viewed LARGE! Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600 ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on February 18, 2015

Good at what she does!

So many times when these raptors hover, they are facing away from me, the light isn’t right, and/or they are too far away.   On this day I was in a pretty good place at the right time.   This is a profile hover shot of an American Kestrel as it scans the grasses below for ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on November 24, 2014

Hover Hawk

Every once in a while I spot a Red-tailed Hawk that seems to have read the play book of the American Kestrel.  When the wind is right, these hawks will sometimes emulate the kestrel’s hunting methodology–hovering, looking, then diving.  This particular bird was doin ... Continue Reading

Posted in Bird Gallery, Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on October 1, 2010

Hovering Beauty

This was taken in May 2008 with the Canon XT body and the 100-400 f5.6L lens.  I was driving along the Ridgefield NWR auto tour route heading for the main parking lot on the 2-way road.  As I rounded the corner into the lot, I spotted this Kestrel hovering about 60 feet up and ... Continue Reading