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American Kestrel ~ Profile, Up Close by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum 3-11-10 with my Canon Powershot SX10IS

One of the most colorful of the world’s raptor, is a diminutive falcon of open habitats. Kestrels nest in cavities excavated by woodpeckers, particularly Northern Flickers, but they also accept artificial nest boxes. They breed most readily in open habitats with plentiful hunting perches. Like shrikes they too are expert mousers, and they also take small birds,bats,insects,reptiles, and even fish on rare occasions.

They perch often on a wire or fence post for long periods of time watching for prey. They are known to hover over a spot that prey has been spotted before. Upon spotting prey, they swoop and pounce in one swift motion.

For reasons unknown, this species has suffered an decrease on numbers in the East.

VOICE a rapid series of high-pitched _kli_calls.

June 2010 Featured in Eye Macros

3-17-10

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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Comments

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtalmost 5 years ago

    This is a wonderful profile picture, I like the detail in the shot!

  • Thank you darlin, I appreciate that~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 5 years ago

    Look at this,…what a beautiful close up of this little American Kestrel! Wonderful colors and contrasts between them, including the feather detailing! : )

  • They are one of my favorites for sure! Thank you so much Sandy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful closeup shot……a beautiful bird of prey

  • Thank you so very much my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 5 years ago

    A beauty of a closeup. One of my favorite raptures…Hugs…Tom

  • Mine too Tom, thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Neil Swenser
    Neil Swenseralmost 5 years ago

    Sensational colours, beautiful shot Kim.

  • I appreciate that Neil, thank you ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Kimberly, this is a fabulous shot! I love the unexpected colours of this bird (for someone unfamiliar with the species).

  • They are fantastic aren’t they. The sun was just right for this one and I went snap happy! One of my favorite falcons! Thank you Trish.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopealmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot Kimberly, he is so pretty.

  • I thank you Gabrielle very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jodie Bennett
    Jodie Bennettalmost 5 years ago

    Brilliant capture

  • Thank you Jodie for peaking in my little world! I appreciate that~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Stormygirl
    Stormygirlalmost 5 years ago

    Beutiful capture!

  • Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCalmost 5 years ago

    oh my … such a cutie!!

  • He was too cute that day and the light was perfect for me….Thanks!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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