Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kestrels - The Smallest American Falcon


My daughter called very excited to tell me that there were about five kestrels putting on a show in her backyard!  I wasn't able to dash over at that time for their antics but they are hanging around the area.  They must be nesting in a nearby tree and food is plentiful as there are fields to the back of her property.

I finally was able to go by and take a few pictures.  They were in the distance and around the perimeter of the field.  They are such beautiful little guys.  It was difficult to catch them but I have a few shots to share.


The neighbors didn't seem to notice that they were on their fence and hanging out under the patio!


There are not as crisp as I would have liked but you can see their beautiful colors.


I am hoping to get back over when they are once again in her backyard and not just on the perimeter of the field.

I am sending this over to Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

5 comments:

  1. Your shots are excellent Kate, I don't think I've ever seen kestrels (to my knowledge). A couple of years ago we had a pair of falcons living across from our house in downtown Toronto which is something you just never see, but I was never able to get a good pic.

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  2. Beautiful photos, Kate. You got some excellent shots.

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  3. These are beautiful photos...even if they're not up to your standards. I don't think I have seen Kestrels before...just know the name from literature.
    This week I was able to watch 2 juvenile red-tailed hawks learn to fly. It was so cool...until they swooped down over my dog. He didn't like that...and they didn't like his size, either...

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  4. Great pictures. Wild life is so difficult to catch. They are cute little/big birds.

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  5. Ohhhh...I love them! The birds and the photos. I know how hard it is to get good bird pictures.
    This is silly, BUT, I just learned one of the basic differences between Hawks and Falcons at the Spring Wings Festival I just got back from.
    One hunts and finds their food in the air, the other on the ground. Strong beaks or strong tallons. That's my silly trivia for the day. I love birds. And I think your pics are great.

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