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Falco sparverius (female)

Photographed at Mountsberg, ON with Nikon D90 and Sigma 150-500 mm

Perhaps the most colorful raptor in the world, the American Kestrel is the most common falcon in North America. It is found from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, and in towns as well as wild lands.
Although hover-hunting is conspicuous, this foraging method actually is used rather infrequently. It is used most often when suitable perches are not available, or when winds are strong enough to create updrafts favorable to hovering.

In winter in many southern parts of the range, female and male American Kestrels use different habitats. The female uses the preferred more open habitat, and the male uses areas with more trees. This situation appears to be the result of the females migrating south first and establishing winter territories. The males then are forced into the less preferred areas.


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I’m a self-taught wildlife and nature photographer based in Toronto, Canada. An affinity for the wonders of the natural world, along with a healthy respect for our environment, has stayed with me since I was young and I have endeavored to express that passion through my work.

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  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitalmost 4 years ago

    Perfect image!!

  • A belated thanks for your comment, Deborah!

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  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago


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  • embracelife
    embracelifealmost 4 years ago

    What a fantastic pose!! x

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  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Moorealmost 4 years ago

    11/4/10 one a day with a limit of 20

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  • Linda  Makiej Photography
    Linda Makiej ...almost 4 years ago

    really marvelous work!

  • You’re so kind, Linda!

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  • CJTill
    CJTillalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning work Nancy

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  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    November 7, 2010

  • Thanks so much, Teresa, for the Feature! Lovely!

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, stunning WORK and well deserved.

  • Andrea, thank you so much for your kind comments!!

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  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous Capture! Congratulations on this Incredible Feature In The Birds Group..Laura

  • Many thanks, Laura!!

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  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickalmost 4 years ago

    This work was a Featured selection in the
    Birds Of Prey Group

    That’s right…..Yippee Yippee YAY!!!!

  • Wow, thanks so much, Kimberly, for the Feature!! :))

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