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American Kestrel

Falco sparverius


The smallest falcon in North America, the Kestrel likes insects and small rodents. Pictured is the female.


Almost any low cut field including the grass median of some freeways.


500mm + 1.4x = 700mm

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James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Exquisite Dennis

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 6 years ago

Stunning !!!

Nayeli 6 years ago

great picture!!

KarenL 6 years ago

Interesting fact! There are 13 kestrel species worldwide, but the American kestrel is the only one in the western hemisphere. These diminutive raptors typically hunt insects and small mammals, perching on poles and power lines whilst they search for their prey. They can sometimes be seen atop stadium lights tracking moths attracted to the powerful light beams. Some of their hunting flights have even made it onto TV sports coverage!

Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 6 years ago

Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Very Nice!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Fantastic photo Dennis. Beautiful bird too.

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Very beautiful, Dennis!

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Such a beautiful little girl!! Great spotting!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 6 years ago


YukoChartraw 6 years ago

What a beautiful shot! I love American Kestrel. ♥

Dennis Davenport
Spotted by
Dennis Davenport

Ridgefield, Washington, USA

Spotted on Aug 23, 2013
Submitted on Aug 26, 2013

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