American Kestrel ~ Portrait  by Kimberly Chadwick
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American Kestrel

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.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of kestrels are collectively known as a " flight", " hover", and “soar” of kestrels.
  • Nestlings squirt their feces onto the walls of the nest cavity. The feces dry on the cavity walls and stay

off the nestlings.

  • The American Kestrel is the most common falcon in North America.
  • The females arrive first on their winter range and establish their territories in the preferred open areas.

The males, arriving later are forced to use areas with more trees.

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Comments

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful bird, fantastic portrait Kimberly! Fav!

  • Thank you Istvan so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent!!

  • Thank you Marvin!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoalmost 4 years ago

    Superb all around Kimberly!!…Tony

  • Thank you so very much my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsalmost 4 years ago

    Magnificent Capture!

  • Thank you Zoraida, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful specimen! very colorful. that’s a great portrait Kim!

  • I appreciate that, thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryseralmost 4 years ago

    Tough little guys to capture – nice shot

  • Thank you so very much Jay, I appreciate that Sir!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • joedog
    joedogalmost 4 years ago

    what a great capture I just saw 1 of these out on my deck this morning and thought it was beautiful but didn’t know what it was thanks for sharing

  • That is what I hope to do my friend! They are a sight to see aren’t they? Thank You!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, amazing work and well deserved.

  • Thank you Andrea, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...almost 4 years ago

    Superb kestrel portrait, Kimberly! Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so much Daniel!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • mixedupmedia
    mixedupmediaalmost 4 years ago

    Love this! Beautiful coloring on this guy and you’ve captured it perfectly.

  • I appreciate that so much Mari, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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