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American Kestrel

Male American Kestrel hops into the skies

These little falcons are very cool – but also quite skittish. It takes a lot of patience to get pics of them and even then, they don’t make it easy. I happened across this handsome guy on Friday and he soon showed his distaste for having his picture taken. Thankfully I managed this capture just as he departed for the camera-free zone.

These birds are the smallest falcon in North America averaging about 8 inches long. Don’t let their size fool you though. They are as much of an effective predator and just as vicious as any raptor.

A male American Kestrel hops into the skies over the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel hops into the skies over the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

American Kestrel takes a sideways flight path

These little falcons aren’t usually too inclined to sit still for pictures and this female was no exception. I saw her perched and no sooner did I get my camera up to my eye than she bolted off. Thankfully I was able to grab a couple of parting shots including this one as she took off sideways.

These birds are the smallest falcon in North America averaging about 8 inches long. Don’t let their size fool you though. They are as much of an effective predator and just as vicious as any raptor. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A female American Kestrel demonstrates sideways flight.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A female American Kestrel demonstrates sideways flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

American Kestrel enjoys lunch on the Great Plains

I happened to spot this guy just as he landed on a utility wire with his meal. Much to my pleasure, he didn’t mind me taking pictures while he ate. A great time for me and the Kestrel but probably not so much so for the mouse. 😉

These birds are the smallest falcon in North America averaging about 8 inches long. Don’t let their size fool you though. They are as much of an effective predator and just as vicious as any raptor.

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A male American Kestrel keeps watch with a mouse hanging out of its mouth. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel keeps watch with a mouse hanging out of its mouth. (© Tony’s Takes)

American Kestrel shows off for the camera

These are such cool little raptors – and beautiful. Males like this one in particular are quite colorful and handsome. This guy was hanging out on a utility wire, as they often do, keeping watch on a nearby field for a meal. He wouldn’t cooperate for any flights shots but did pose for a brief bit.

These birds are the smallest falcon in North America averaging about 8 inches long. Don’t let their size fool you though. They are as much of an effective #predator and just as vicious as any raptor. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A male American Kestrel perches on a wire.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel perches on a wire. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female American Kestrel catches her dinner

One for #TBT going to December 9, 2015. I happened across this pretty lady just as she landed on a utility wire with her mouse meal. Unfortunately she opted to dine in private but it was fun seeing the whole predator / prey thing.

These birds are the smallest falcon in North America averaging about 8 inches long. Don’t let their size fool you though. They are as much of an effective predator and just as vicious as any raptor.

A female American Kestrel shows off the mouse she had caught. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female American Kestrel shows off the mouse she had caught. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female American Kestrel takes flight

With a snowstorm quickly approaching, I knew I wouldn’t have much chance for picture taking this weekend so yesterday I made a quick tour along one of my favorite raptor routes. The clouds were already arriving and lighting was tough but I knew I would not be happy if I didn’t at least get a few pictures.

Among the cooperative subjects was this pretty little falcon. She didn’t want to sit and pose but did give me a few nice flight shots. With the tough lighting, I overexposed the image a bit and increased the highlights creating a ‘high key’ effect with the light background. Otherwise it would have been a very dull gray.

I’ll be going stir crazy today and likely tomorrow too as this storm works its way through. I would have much preferred it hit during the week when I am at work and couldn’t be out taking pictures anyway. 😉

A female American Kestrel flies with ease in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female American Kestrel flies with ease in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Watchful little falcon

I happened across this male American Kestrel and its mate yesterday. They clearly weren’t bothered by me and in fact seemed more curious about me than anything.

These birds are the smallest falcon in North America averaging about 8 inches long. Don’t let their size fool you though. They are as much of an effective predator and just as vicious as any raptor.

Taken in Broomfield, Colorado.

A male American Kestrel keeps watch in Broomfield, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel keeps watch in Broomfield, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female American Kestrel prefers to dine in private

I came across this beautiful lady on Wednesday just after she caught her dinner. I was hoping she would allow me to watch her eat but it appears she prefers to dine alone as she took flight, meal in hand, and headed off to a more private setting.

I’ve been seeing a lot of these little falcons lately, as we often do here in Colorado during the winter. They may be North America’s smallest falcon but they are just as fierce as any raptor.

A female American Kestrel carries off the mouse she caught. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female American Kestrel carries off the mouse she caught. (© Tony’s Takes)

American Kestrel walks the wire

Technically this male Kestrel was coming in for a landing but it does look like he is tightrope walking. I came across this gorgeous little falcon the other day and I was able to get some nice captures of it.

Kestrels are usually pretty skittish but this one seemed to be enjoying all the attention and didn’t try too hard to hide from me.

These birds are the smallest falcon in North America averaging about 8 inches long. Don’t let their size fool you though. They are as much of an effective predator and just as vicious as any raptor. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A male American Kestrel comes in for a landing. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel comes in for a landing. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hey! Look at me!

The little falcon gave me some nice looks when I went for a drive after work. Unfortunately when it came time to hunt, while it was successful, it chose to dine in privacy so I didn’t get any images of that.

American Kestrel’s are the continent’s smallest falcon averaging only 8″ long. Both the male and the female have the distinctive striping across their faces. The female though lacks the colorful blue-gray plumage on the wings that the male has.

A male American Kestrel posing for pictures while on a wire this afternoon. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel posing for pictures while on a wire this afternoon. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel posing for pictures while on a wire this afternoon. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel posing for pictures while on a wire this afternoon. (© Tony’s Takes)