Tuesday, January 7, 2014

American Kestrel

 American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) - female

The kestrel, perched on a thin branch on a small tree, was hunting and hardly seemed to notice me at first.

Another view of same kestrel

Then it turned its head and seemed to say with its stare  "it's either I move or you do, CameraGirl!"  When I stayed put, it flew away.
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE
 

66 comments:

Andy said...

If this gal could see her photo she would be proud.

Judy said...

I love the angle of her head in that second image!!!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Astonishing images of the kestrel. Thanks for visiting my blog & posting your comment. Actually Boise is just a small as you can see from the pictures.

Buttons said...

Beautiful shots Camera girl Hug B

Kate said...

A real beauty captured well by a nosy, intrusive camera girl :>)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a beautiful bird!

Carole M. said...

I really like the kestrel family

see you there! said...

What wonderfully clear photos.

Darla

Bill Nicholls said...

O yes he is beauty, well taken.

Judy said...

Such a pretty bird. Glad you were able to capture some shots.

Sandra said...

i like his cute little yellow feet

Cezar and Léia said...

Great close ups, this little friend is adorable!
Léia

Birgitta said...

Wow! Amazing close-ups!

Jeanne said...

Great shots of this beautiful bird!

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Nice captures. Good shutter chance! Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful week.

Lowell said...

Beautiful portraits of this fine-looking bird! A friend of mine living on acreage north of Ocala tells me he has a hawk on his property that has become quite friendly. He can walk up close and the hawk does not move. I think he's sizing up my friend to see if he was tasty enough!

Shammickite said...

Any mice or small mammals out looking for dinner better watch out!

Stephanie said...

Outstanding shots!

Pride In Photos said...

It is just amazing his weight doesn't break down such a thin little branch☺
Great macros on him.

George said...

I'm glad he hung around long enough for your to get these photos. Both portraits are marvelous.

The Furry Gnome said...

Amazing pictures!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Your kestrel photos are most definitely picture post card perfect!!

Judy said...

I love these beautiful little hawks. I won't be fooled by her small size though, she strikes fear into sparrows everywhere.

Linda W. said...

Wow - these are great shots! Nice job!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant capture EG.

Karen said...

Ohhh, terrific captures EG. I've never seen a Kestrel.

Michelle said...

She looks rather inquisitive.

Stuart said...

Wow. Did you use a telephoto and a tripod ? Or was he just that friendly ? Excellent work !

Katrin Klink said...

I was so in love with them when I was a child - but we don't have them in the wild in Germany anymore. Great shots that brought back lots of memories!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You stayed put and probably saved a few songbirds lives! They're beautiful little raptors, but one used to love hanging out around our bird feeders (when we lived in Oregon) and I always felt as if I were providing it a cafeteria.

Andrea said...

She is beautiful. I worked with a pair of Kestrels when I volunteered at the Rehab Facility. Of the two, the little girl was the more feisty and she had personality that kept us all in stitches. I am actually caring for a male Kestral now and will probably be posting pictures. Because of the cold weather the NIRC birds have all been brought inside for their protection and I am lucky enough to be able to take care of two of them. Love this post ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Gail Dixon said...

Kestrels are extremely difficult to photograph. You did a beautiful job on the short time you had with him.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Marvelous images of the Kestrel!

Gattina said...

What a beautiful picture !

RedPat said...

She is giving you the evil eye, EG!

RedPat said...

She is giving you the evil eye, EG!

Lisa Gordon said...

Such a beautiful creature!

HansHB said...

Splendid photos!

Madge Bloom said...

Beautiful!

William Kendall said...

What a magnificent bird!

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful shots!!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The look on the kestrel's face seems to fit your interpretation beautifully. Love the textured feathers. Wonderful photos.

Halcyon said...

Hope he found a nice snack. :)

hula-la said...

Wow...what a terrific shot! Aloha

Ela said...

Beautiful bird
Greetings

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Amazing shots.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful shots. She's gorgeous.

cieldequimper said...

Marvellous close-ups!

Giga said...

Pięknie ci do zdjęć pozował i odleciał :)
Beautifully you posed for pictures and took off :)

NatureFootstep said...

your kestrel is a real beauty and your shots is very good.



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eileeninmd said...

The Kestrel is a pretty bird, love their colors. Great shots! I hope you are warm and safe there, have a happy week!

Judith Gray said...

Absolutely stunning photos! What a beautiful bird.

Randy said...

Beautiful.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Yup, she's testing you.

Jack said...

Your second photo could be this bird's high school graduation portrait.

Rose said...

Nice captures....I think they are such a pretty bird!

Brian King said...

Awesome shots! Wow!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

He's a beauty! I just saw my first Kestrel recently.

llandudnopictures said...

Great photos, looks like you caught the birds eye in your second shot!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI EG Fantastic portrait shots of the Kestrel.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Are you SURE she wasn't posing for you?? She really looks like she knows how beautiful she is!!!

edenhills said...

They are such pretty birds. Great captures!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I know what you mean. I look at these and wonder why they aren't afraid and if *KI* should be afraid!!!

Small City Scenes said...

I love those little Kestrels. MB

Carletta said...

Excellent shots!

Sue said...

That little, patterned bird is cute!

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