Peek-a-boo Kestrel

Peek-a-boo KestrelPeek-a-boo Kestrel – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I have always liked this American Kestrel image because of the pose and how the female kestrel appears to be peeking at me while she preened. I also like how the talons of her raised foot are exposed. The background is exposed dirt on Goose Egg Island at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area.

American Kestrels are North America’s smallest falcons and in some areas their populations are declining and more studies need to be done to find out why American Kestrels are becoming rare in some regions of North America.  The American Kestrel Partnership; a project of the Peregrine Fund, is working to unify citizen and professional scientists to advance the conservation of American Kestrels. I hope that we can find out why the population of these falcons are in decline.

I’m keeping my post today simple because I was without electricity for several hours last evening.



  1. Elephant's Child May 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Peek-a-boo – we seeeee you. For which I thank you. Lots.

  2. Carroll Tarvin May 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    The detail on that photo is exquisite!

  3. Utahbooklover May 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Cute image! Just saw one hovering over a field a day or two ago but not as often as in the past, as the graphs at the link confirm. Did you see the recent TV news? Utah is considering adding crows to the hunt because there are now so many here? Guess that will make some people happy but I hate to see kestrels become scarce.

  4. Sarah Mayhew May 1, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Very nice image! I am happy to report that we have a lot of Kestrels in the Sacramento Valley, CA. I haven’t noticed a decline as I have other birds. Don’t know if they are declining here, but I still see them everywhere. Will look at the link you sent.

  5. Montanagirl May 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

    They’re such pretty birds.

  6. Lois Bryan May 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

    oh so cute!!!

  7. Patty Chadwick May 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Let’s hope whatever is causing the decline of these tough little raptors is something that can be remedied…am trying to be optimistic about the outcome, but finding it difficult.

  8. Jolanta May 1, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Just beautiful!

  9. Dan De Ment May 1, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Great capture, Mia.

  10. Bob Bushell May 1, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Superb shot of American Kestrel.

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