Female American Kestrel at Farmington Bay

A Female American Kestrel lifts her wingsA Female American Kestrel lifts her wings – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/350, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Male American Kestrels usually grab the show with their bright colors and bold patterns but I think the females are equally as stunning. Kestrels have long been a favorite of mine, in fact one of the reasons I picked up a camera in the first place was that one day I hoped to get a great American Kestrel image so I could sketch or paint it.

Female American Kestrel stretchingFemale American Kestrel stretching – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I have so many of the American Kestrel images that I desired long ago but since that time I have put down my pencils and paint brushes after my love for bird photography became my deepest and what seems to be an addictive passion. Now I “paint” with my camera instead.

Life is good.


P.S. My camera is still waiting to be shipped. It was “rushed” through repair and has been sitting waiting to be shipped for over 24 hours.  I’m not happy with Nikon right now.


  1. Nancy Collins October 8, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    What a wonderful peek of the beautiful underwing!

  2. Chris Rohrer October 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Beautiful images as always. The date is getting closer and I am excited. I’ll give a shout out soon:) So excited!

  3. Elephant's Child October 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Love the fluffy assassin. And am in awe (again) at your photos. Hiss and spit at the Nikon noService department.

  4. Liz Cormack October 8, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I love kestrels as well & prefer the females to the males…..maybe it’s the softer colouring. Beautiful photos. Maybe they will ship your camera overnight…..one can only hope.

  5. Ilze Long October 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

    She is watching you! Seeing a kestrel would be a highlight for me. Your pictures are almost as good as seeing one live.

    Good luck with Nikon.

  6. Patty Chadwick October 8, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Instead of “your back amateur”, it was supposed to read, “and you’re no amateur”. Evil iPad strikes again!!!

  7. Patty Chadwick October 8, 2015 at 8:21 am

    That is one cute killer!!! She looks so fluffy and sweet, but is such a deadly, efficient hunter…an amazing contradiction! These are wonderful, unusual images. Nikon is sure screwing with you. I was thinking of getting a Nikon, but after your experience, will stick with Canon….I’m just a rank amateur, only had to send my camera in for repairs once, to New Jersey, but got it back quickly…and you’re back amateur…to be without your camera for this long is really bad business…for you and for Nikon.

  8. Cindy October 8, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Mia, these are beyond words. Magnificent bird—magnificent talent. You are so gifted. Thank you.

  9. Bob Mcpherson October 8, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Beautiful images of a really gorgeous bird, Mia. Please take a curtsy and do a bow.
    Bummer on the camera, been there and done that.

  10. Bob Bushell October 8, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Beautiful Kestrel images.

Comments are closed.