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.
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I went for a quick drive after work not too far from Denver International Airport. Initially I was discouraged but then came across this little guy hanging out. He was quite willing to let me snap away and gave me a number of decent images.
American Kestrels are the smallest falcons in North America but don’t let their size fool you – like most raptors they can be quite vicious when in pursuit of a meal.
This female American Kestrel was quite patient but also quite on alert as I snapped pictures of her northeast of Denver, Colorado yesterday. These little falcons are normally quite skittish so it was nice to be able to find one that let me get some closeups.
“Are you looking at my butt?” Well, I guess I was but only because this little guy wouldn’t give me a better view. 😉 Male American Kestrel in Adams County, Colorado yesterday.
I came across this female American Kestrel a couple of weeks ago in a Denver area suburb. She was hanging out on a light over a busy street keep watch on a nearby field and golf course.
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. You can learn more about this cool little raptor here.
I saw this little guy yesterday in an area known for hawks but it was cold, windy and snowy so I knew anything I captured would be less than stellar. Today I went back by and there he was, perched on a wire enjoying the (somewhat) milder temperatures and the warming morning sun. American Kestrels are North America’s smallest falcon but as fierce as any raptor.
North America’s smallest falcon – the American Kestrel. Haven’t had much time to take pictures the last couple of weeks so today I forced myself to make time. Took a walk along the South Platte River in Adams County, Colorado and managed to see this little guy hanging on in some stiff wind. Gray skies made for a poor background but I was pleased to get some pics as I have not had much luck getting pictures of them before.
Hawks have become quite plentiful along the Colorado Front Range this spring as they return from their winter grounds. Today was a veritable hawk fast out near Denver International Airport.
Among the many images captured today was this Red Tailed Hawk with its kill. It was initially perched on the pole, then swooped down to a nearby field and emerged with its meal. Unfortunately he didn’t want me to watch him eat and soon flew off before I could see it eat.