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