American Kestrel

by Shane Coleman February. 13, 2019 245 views

American Kestrel in its natural habitat... a telephone pole. 😂 Funny thing, on the Merlin Bird ID app, it mentions in the 1st paragraph “often found on telephone poles.” In my limited experience, I can confirm, this is true.

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Jolien Dekens 4 months, 3 weeks ago

So pretty! I love the little black dots in their feathers! :)

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Shane Coleman Replied to Jolien Dekens 4 months, 3 weeks ago

They are beautiful birds!

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Bethany Plonski 7 months ago

Nice angle, and I love the colors of the feathers against the light background. And now I'm going to be looking at every telephone pole I see! smile

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Shane Coleman Replied to Bethany Plonski 7 months ago

That’s great. You definitely have to be on the lookout. They are small so it’s easy to overlook them.

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Andi Saw 7 months ago

Ohhh... I have a Kestrel visiting the garden.
I'll look for phone poles too! :D

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Shane Coleman Replied to Andi Saw 7 months ago

It’s great you have one in the garden... makes for a much better background. 😉

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Can G 7 months ago

I just love Kestrels. At a former work place, they used to have a small breeding house on one of the high buildings, and each year a Kestrel family was breeding there. I enjoyed watching them hunt around the buildings and listening to their unique sounds. Awesome birds they are, and you captured this one in a very well executed manner!

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Shane Coleman Replied to Can G 7 months ago

That’s awesome and a great opportunity. It must have been really nice to be able to observe them like that. 

Thank you by the way.

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Antonio Gil 7 months ago

Almost like a painting. Love it

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Shane Coleman Replied to Antonio Gil 7 months ago

Thank you. It would have been nice to have a little light but oh well.

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Russell Smith 7 months ago

Telephone poles and fence posts is almost 100% of the locations that I have spotted this little beauty. Well captured. I do not know which one I like more the Kestrel or the Merlin it is a toss up for me.

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Shane Coleman Replied to Russell Smith 7 months ago

Yea, I believe that’s almost exclusively where I’ve seen them too. 

I’ve never photographed a Merlin but I know people that have. I may be partial to them but both are great.

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Berckmans Peter 7 months ago

Such a beaytifull bird. Well captured.

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Shane Coleman Replied to Berckmans Peter 7 months ago

Thanks, Peter. They usually don’t sit still very long for photo ops.

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