We were treated to a small and intimate Raptor Show at Larose Forest recently. This male American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), our smallest falcon species, was one of the birds that was shown to the very appreciative audience. All the birds that were there that day are ambassadors for wildlife conservation. They all have some reason why they can’t be released back into the wild. This is the closest I have ever been able to get to a Kestrel. Anyone who has attempted to photograph one in the wild (without using bait) will attest to their penchant for avoiding human approach.
Imaged near Limoges, Ontario. © Todd Weeks