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 in my truck–always taking off to fly to a teasel, cattail, small tree, or bush close to the road.  The bird was still skittish like most Kestrels.  She rarely let me get closer than about a hundred feet.  This shot is of her on a cattail.

UPDATE 17Dec2015: I was happy to learn today that this image was chosen as the grand prize winner of the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s 2015 photo contest.  Of the many contests I have entered, this is only my 2nd grand prize win, so I am a happy camper.  And I thank that kestrel for landing on that cattail at that moment!

5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 1250, 500mm, 9:37 a.m.

 

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 in my truck–always taking off to fly to a teasel, cattail, small tree, or bush close to the road.  The bird was still skittish like most Kestrels.  She rarely let me get closer than about a hundred feet.  This shot is of her on a cattail.

UPDATE 17Dec2015: I was happy to learn today that this image was chosen as the grand prize winner of the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s 2015 photo contest.  Of the many contests I have entered, this is only my 2nd grand prize win, so I am a happy camper.  And I thank that kestrel for landing on that cattail at that moment!

5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 1250, 500mm, 9:37 a.m.

 

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