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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)

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