American Kestrel


The American Kestrel, once known as the Sparrow Hawk, is one of those birds that are most difficult to photograph. They hover over fields allowing the wind to let them glide over their intended prey. Their eyesight is keen, as with most birds, especially birds of prey, and they are wary of humans, hence the difficulty in capturing a good, close-up photo of these wonderful birds. In most cases, they have seen you much before you have spotted them. Or, they will be seen perched atop a post, then as you get near, they will fly off, sometimes to another post just down the road. And as you approach that post they will take off to the next post until at some point they will return to the first post where you first spotted it. 

1. Isenberg Crane Reserve, Lodi, California

2. Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento County, California

3. Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

3. Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

3. Sailor Bar, Fair Oaks, California

American Kestrel locations of sightings

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