Close Encounters Of The Bird Kind

The Kestrel let me get within 20 feet today. He must be used to seeing me now.

What is he eating?

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11 Responses to Close Encounters Of The Bird Kind

  1. John Westman says:

    Really nice pictures, Tony.
    Keep them coming!

  2. Extreme Hiatus says:

    It is a he. Nice photos.

  3. Steve Case says:

    Don’t know about kestrels but this harrier
    nailed a mallard in the back yard a while back and I watched it from about 10 feet way.

  4. Andy DC says:


  5. TA says:

    It is claimed that some birds, maybe all birds, can recognize individual humans.

    I don’t think we give animals enough credit for their intelligence.

  6. Rob says:

    Great shots!

  7. shempus says:

    Those gorgeous kestrels mainly eat small birds, but they also eat crickets and grasshoppers and sometimes lizards I hear. That one might be an insect.

  8. Adam Gallon says:

    What camera are you using? I got as Nikon Coolpix 900 recently, the zoom facility is staggering.

  9. Louis Hooffstetter says:

    I agree with shempus that it’s probably an insect. I raised an orphaned Kestral many years ago. Once he learned to hunt, grasshoppers were his favorite prey.

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