Tag Archives: Kestrel

American Kestrel

The American Kestrel is the smallest North American falcon, and also the most colorful.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

The pairs of black vertical slashes on the sides of their faces give them a distinctive look along with what appeared to me as “eyes in the back of their head” as he swiveled around.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

Here he is settling himself after “rousing”, a shaking action that lifts all the feathers.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

American Kestrel, Falco sparverius

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.

Eurasian Kestrel

The Eurasian Kestrel is  widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa. They are small compared with other birds of prey, but larger than most songbirds. The females are slightly larger then the male, weighing in at 6.5 ounces (184 grams) on average.

Eurasian Kestrel
Female Eurasian Kestrel perched on handler’s glove

In the full side view shows off the brown and black coloration of the wings, useful as camouflage.

Eurasian Kestrel
Female Eurasian Kestrel

The sun was warming us up after a chilly start and the Kestrel seemed quite content to puff up a bit and enjoy the sun.

Eurasian Kestrel
Female Eurasian Kestrel

Eurasian Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.