The American Kestrel is the smallest of the North American hawks and the most colorful. I captured this little guy on the auto tour route of San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. What really surprised my about this little guy was that he did not fly when I drove up and stopped. I spotted him on the bush from about at about 100 meters and then just creeped forward and shutting off my engine at the last and rolled up opposite him. Slowly putting the lens out of my truck on the window beanbag and still no flight, I must be doing something right. I sat on him for about 10 minutes waiting for him to fly but no luck. I wanted to get to the big pond at the end of the auto route before I loose the light so I moved off and still no flight. Amazing, as this little hawk is a bit skittish. For those who want to know more about this hawk here is a link to one of the best bird sites.
The CI is a Lesser Sandhill Crane that I captured at the pond described above as the light was changing.
nice soft colours surrounding your small kestrel John and complete with exif I see. I may have been tempted to get rid of the twig in the lower right hand corner
jwmunro (2018/12/12 14:11:02): Thanks for the visit and comment. You know, I thought about the twig as I was finishing up the image but I just didn't want it o go back and clean up three iterations of the image.
A photo like a painting, suitable for an identification book. The only hinted background and the favourable sidelight make the bird wonderfully stand out. Thank you for the informative and interesting note!
Greetings from Germany where winter has one foot in the door!
I love photos of all little birds, though I never physically go looking for them. It is more if I see them on my route than I do follow them for a little bit but not too far out of my way. This is a very small hawk, when I think of hawk, I imagine larger and meaner looking bird...I saw something that look like a hawk, attacking a phoeby nest outside my house that look similar to this except maybe 5 time larger....
I don't know the name of all the birds too well...these two are lovely shots.