From the top of an evergreen, a female Kestrel watches for any movement below. American Kestrels more frequently hunt stationary from a high perch, rather than hovering. They can be seen hovering when there is a lack of favorable perches and or when winds are strong enough to create favorable updrafts. American Kestrels feed on large insects, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and birds.
The American Kestrel is likely the most colorful raptor in the world and is the most common in North America!
22–31 cm (8.7–12.2 in)
51–61 cm (20.1–24 in)
80–165 g (2.8–5.8 oz)
Photo taken on July 24/09 at 6:18 am in Yellowstone National Park, US.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon 100-400 IS USM L lens.
I’m not bothering to add the camera exif due to the fact that I have edited the photo into a painted version, via Topaz!