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American Kestrel

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)

Curious little falcon

This male American Kestrel was quite interested in the guy with the camera. Normally these falcons are a bit skittish but one didn’t seem to mind me one bit and was almost curious about why I was so focused (pun intended) on him.

The smallest falcon in North America, American Kestrels are just as aggressive and fierce as any #raptor. I’ve take quite a few pictures of these birds. If you’re interested, you can find more here.

A male American Kestrel looks very curious.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel looks very curious. (© Tony’s Takes)

Watchful American Kestrel

I have been seeing this handsome guy and his lady friend in the same tree recently. Normally they head off before I can get close enough to take a pic but on Thursday the male was quite cooperative and let me get a bunch. The female wasn’t around so I suspect perhaps she was nested in one of the tree’s cavities. Maybe some little ones coming?

A male American Kestrel keeps close watch on the photographer.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel keeps close watch on the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)11

American Kestrel pair caught in the act

It is by complete luck that I captured this sequence.  I was taking pictures of the female American Kestrel when suddenly a male appears in my viewfinder as well.  They proceed to mate with me snapping away just below them.  Neat to witness but perhaps they should have gotten a room.  😉

Taken in Thornton, Colorado.  Scroll down to view the entire sequence.

American Kestrels mate in Thornton, Colorado.   (© Tony’s Takes)

American Kestrels mate in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Punk rock American Kestrel

This female American Kestrel was looking pretty disheveled this past weekend, almost like it had just rained although it hadn’t.

Kestrel’s are North America’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.

Taken in Adams County, Colorado, USA.

A female American Kestrel sits perched on a wire north of Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A female American Kestrel sits perched on a wire north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

American Kestrel enjoys its lunch

Don’t let their size fool you – These little falcons can be quite ferocious, like any raptor , as this mouse has just learned. Today I was lucky enough to come across this male Kestrel right after it had caught its lunch. It proceeded to devour it quite rapidly.

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An American Kestrel begins to devour a mouse it caught.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Kestrel begins to devour a mouse it caught. (© Tony’s Takes)