Male American Kestrel landing with a grasshopper – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
It is always a fine morning when I am out in the field with birds and although yesterday wasn’t nearly as birdy as I would have liked it to be while I was out it was far better than staying at home culling or processing images, cleaning house or worrying about this election. I photographed a few wrens, avocets, blackbirds, sparrows, harriers and doves but the best bird, or at least the one I spent the most time with, was an American Kestrel.
The male American Kestrel was hunting from the top of a rusty gravel separator near Goose Egg Island at Farmington Bay WMA. From that perch he was able to spot grasshoppers on the side of the hill and would fly in, snatch them and then come back to the perch to eat his prey. Because the kestrel did this repeatedly I hoped to capture images of him as he landed with the prey in his bill so when the kestrel would fly off to get prey from the hillside I pre-focused just above the perch that I hoped he would come back to and he did just that several times.
I was able take one image of the American Kestrel landing with a grasshopper in his bill that was sharp and that I liked. It isn’t everyday that I am able to capture a landing kestrel right before its feet grasp a perch so I am happy with this photo.
Life is good. It is better with birds in it.