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American Kestrel

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)

Dad has an itch – or is waving hello

A male American Kestrel scratches the side of its face while its mate looks on. With mating season here, I am seeing lot more raptors hanging out in pairs. Such was the case of these little falcons a couple of weeks ago.

A male American Kestrel scratches its face while its mate looks on.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel scratches its face while its mate looks on. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Love on the line

A female and male American Kestrel gaze skyward, perhaps thinking about their future together? 😉 I’ve captured many pics of both female and male Kestrels but never two together until yesterday when I happened across this pair north of Denver, Colorado, USA.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A female (left) and male (right) American Kestrel look skyward on the day before Valentine's Day.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A female (left) and male (right) American Kestrel look skyward on the day before Valentine’s Day. (© Tony’s Takes)