Check out this pretty lady! I happened across her yesterday as she hunted a field, hovering for long periods of time over perspective prey.
Kestrels are usually pretty skittish but this one didn’t seem to mind me one bit and let me spend a good bit of time photographing her. Occasionally she would plunge into the brush after some form of prey but each time would come back empty-handed and resume her hunt.
She gave me some of the best flight shots I have ever captured of a kestrel which had me pretty excited.
American kestrels are quite common. Here in Colorado you will oftentimes find them perched on poles and wires, keeping watch on the ground below. They are North Americas smallest falcon but don’t let their size fool you. They are just as effective of a predator and just as vicious as any raptor.