I came across this American Kestrel image yesterday while moving images to a new external hard drive and realized I hadn’t edited any of the photos in the series yet, so I did. This was taken in the winter of 2010.
The light wasn’t the best because it didn’t illuminate the bird’s front as well as I would have liked but some rules are meant to be broken. I like how the falcon is lit from the side and back. The background isn’t sky, it is the snow-covered Wasatch Range that is still partly in the shadows.