American Kestrel ~ Female by Kimberly Chadwick


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Taken in Marana, Arizona using a Canon PS 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 fishon rare occasions.

They perch often on a wire ot 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.


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  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantalmost 4 years ago

    AWESOME shot of this litttle beauty !

  • Thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...almost 4 years ago

    Love the colours blending in with the post. Beautiful bird!

  • I caught that too, really cool! Thank you Helen!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    lovely image

  • Thanks Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

    She is soooo very beautiful,

  • Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunteralmost 4 years ago

    She is a beauty, she looks wonderful against the blue sky.

  • Thank you Pam, so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Nala
    Nalaalmost 4 years ago

    wonderful great shot

  • Thank you Nala!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 4 years ago

    A real beauty and a favorite of mine. Barb

  • Thank you Barb, so good to see you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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