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American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

Description:

Blue and red back, tan chest with spots on the belly. Sexes are different, this is a male, but both species have the white face with black bars. This is America's smallest falcon. He was snacking on a bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) which can be seen in his talons.

Habitat:

At a fish hatchery. Lots of ponds stocked with fish, as well as natural creeks surrounding the hatchery. Moderately wooded area with mostly juniper trees.

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9 Comments

Dixie
Dixie 3 years ago

Beautiful!!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Glorious images. Well done on this amazing spotting, Ashley. Poor frog doesn't look too happy.

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

BonnieLewis
BonnieLewis 4 years ago

Absolutely lovely!

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 4 years ago

wow... spectacular series Ashley! Magnificent bird.

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Brilliant series Ashley.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 4 years ago

I love these guys...and nice photography on your part, Ashley!

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 4 years ago

Stunning looking bird! Wonderful images Ashley. Thank you for sharing :)

Great series Ashley,these guys are beautiful,congrats and thanks for sharing

AshleyT
Spotted by
AshleyT

Texas, USA

Spotted on Jan 10, 2017
Submitted on Feb 22, 2017

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