Male American Kestrel lifting off

American Kestrel lift offLift off – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm with 1.4x TC at 328mm, natural light, not baited

There is something about American Kestrels that speaks to me. They might be our smallest falcon in North America but they have big attitudes, fierce characters and are terrific hunters.



  1. Scott (@NESASK) December 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I love Kestrels too, and that’s a gorgeous shot Mia.

  2. Laurence Butler December 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    And they’re GORGEOUS!

  3. Seagullsteve December 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    ooh. That’s a winning shot.

  4. M. Firpi December 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I have always loved their cute little face and this wing stretch is formidable. I also had a fellow poster who saw them in Colorado too.

    • Mia McPherson December 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Thank you Maria. I see them here quite often though they are more approachable during our cold winters than during the warmer months of the year.

  5. Sherry in MT December 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I too love the kestrels, they are small but so colorful and I love their faces. Amazing shot Mia as always!

    • Mia McPherson December 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Sherry, they are amazing birds. I could easily spend hours with them.

  6. Carol MATTINGLY December 16, 2012 at 7:53 am

    He’s such a beauty. Have never seen one in real life. Have a great day.

    • Mia McPherson December 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Carol, I hope that you get to see a kestrel soon. I’m surprised you haven’t already because they can be fairly abundant in some locations. I look for them on poles, power lines, fence posts and road signs. Thanks for your comment.

  7. Bob Bushell December 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Well done Mia, the Kestrel is awe inspiring.

    • Mia McPherson December 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Bob, kestrels are great birds.

  8. Dan Huber December 16, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Amazing shot Mia, I am lucky to be surrounded by these guys in my new spot but I have yet to get them on camera.

    • Mia McPherson December 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Dan. I’m sure you will get wonderful images of your kestrels soon!

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