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American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

Description:

North America’s littlest falcon, the American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. It's one of the most colorful of all raptors: the male’s slate-blue head and wings contrast elegantly with his rusty-red back and tail; the female has the same warm reddish on her wings, back, and tail. Hunting for insects and other small prey in open territory, kestrels perch on wires or poles, or hover facing into the wind, flapping and adjusting their long tails to stay in place. Kestrels are declining in parts of their range; you can help them by putting up nest boxes.

Habitat:

Duck farm(Farmington Bay WMA) near Great Salt Lake.


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4 Comments

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Beautiful Shot,

HrvojeBrzica
HrvojeBrzica 8 years ago

Great capture for the first image

KatCuff
KatCuff 8 years ago

cool!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Great photo Jaybird!

Jaybird
Spotted by
Jaybird

Utah, USA

Lat: 40.96, Long: -111.92

Spotted on Dec 26, 2011
Submitted on Dec 28, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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