Male American Kestrel in low light

Male American Kestrel in low lightMale American Kestrel in low light

I prefer the golden light that is often talked about in regard to bird photography but I also appreciate images that are taken in low light for the subtle tones and the mood that low light can add to a frame. This male American Kestrel photo was taken on a foggy, cold morning but it must not have been too cold since there isn’t hoarfrost clinging to the perch.

I’m hoping this post is published this morning, some of you may be aware that I have been having issues with my hosting provider and the service they are supposed to be providing which is 99% up time hasn’t be working out that way.



  1. Nicole April 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Stunning photo!!! What a cutie…

  2. Mia McPherson April 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks to all of you who commented on this post and for understanding the issues I have been having with my hosting provider. American Kestrels are wonderful falcons and great for keeping the rodent population down.

  3. Kathleen April 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    He’s so angry and adorable, it’s adorable.

  4. Humming Bird lover April 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Hi! Always loved this bird! Keep up the wonderful shots! Have a great Day

  5. Rohrerbot April 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Oh good. It wasn’t me. I tried yesterday to get on your blog to see those gloriously rare Mountain Plovers and I couldn’t get on. So I guess that wouldn’t be good for you though. I’m going to try and see if I can see them now. Kathie and I were both talking about it in the car but I hadn’t a chance to sit down until today…….have a good weekend. Stay safe and I hope your provider gets it all worked out.

  6. Merrill Ann Gonzales April 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I haven’t had any trouble receiving your posts, Mia. It’s been a bit hectic here so I haven’t had time to always reply … but each one of them are wonderful. Although come to think about it, I found that pink post that had not been sent.

    Sometimes I find if I photo something in the soft light the colors seem to come out more true somehow. I don’t know if it’s my camera or what. This image is absolutely impecable. Just stunning. Many thanks.

  7. Wally April 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

    With that light, it’s nice to enjoy subtle colors and markings not typically seen in brighter light conditions. Very nice, Mia! Our local Kestrels are pairing up and selecting nesting sites, so hopefully we’ll soon have a crop of new little hunters in the skies!

  8. Debbie Milller April 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Such a beautiful Kestrel! I love the detail in the wispy feathers and lovely tones in this images.

  9. Tami April 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Mia, I love the soft feeling and gorgeous colors of this!

  10. Azstu April 12, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I swear some of these are paintings ;). The perfect amount of ‘statement’ in this picture.

  11. Lynn Koch April 12, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful! I think the low light accentuates the warm tones of the Kestrel’s feather coat.

  12. Beverly Everson April 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Gorgeous! I would love to see and photograph one of these beautiful birds!!

  13. Bob Bushell April 12, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Lovely stance.

  14. eric c11 April 12, 2013 at 5:44 am

    wonderfull pose, i like it, it makes a good picture
    well done mia

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