I have mentioned before how one good bird can make a day and yesterday that bird was a male American Kestrel resting and preening at Farmington Bay WMA. It was slow for birds yesterday morning at Farmington, I only saw a few Bald Eagles and those were from a distance, Farmington isn’t anything like it used to be for eagles in February, that much is for sure.
But having a cooperative American Kestrel made it worth going out into the field. Kestrels here are more cooperative when it is colder because they are sticky and while it was warm for winter here yesterday this one was sticky, relaxed and very cooperative.
He might have been sticky because he was resting or he might have been sticky because he wanted to preen the blood off of his feathers and feet from his most recent meal.
Whatever the reason was that made him so cooperative I am glad it did. I haven’t had as many opportunities with American Kestrels as I would like this winter. I love these colorful little falcons.
Back in the early days of my photography I remember wanting to get high quality images of American Kestrels because I wanted to use them for references to paint from. I put aside my brushes and paints some time ago though because my passion for photography overcame my desire to paint and now I love getting images of these small falcons whenever I can.
This male preened and shook his feathers up while I photographed him and scratched his head with his talons a few times too.
Any day I can take images of American Kestrels is a good day. Being out in the field makes it a good day too because for a while all I focus on is the birds.
Life is good.