Another American Kestrel and friends


Another smallish hawk that visits the San Angelo on occasion, is the Prairie Falcon.  It is larger than the American Kestrel that I featured yesterday.  I captured this photo a few years ago, when it made a couple of appearances atop a utility pole a few blocks from where I live.

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

In this second photo, taken at a different time, you can see that he has caught a small rodent of some kind.

Prairie Falcon

Prairie Falcon

Another small hawk that is seen around here is the Merlin.  The image below was shot in the early morning as you can see by the side light.

Merlin

Merlin

Yesterday I had posted several of my images of the American Kestrel.  I had forgotten that some of you may not have seen this photo that I posted a year or so ago.  I had shot the photo while the bird was perched in a leaf-less shrub.  During post-processing, I done a little of this and a little of that, and ended up with this 3D illusion.  (this is not an HDR proccesed image).  Click to see the enlargement.  I hope you like it.

American Kestrel in 3D

American Kestrel in 3D

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12 thoughts on “Another American Kestrel and friends

  1. Excellent photos as always, especially the kestrel.

    I just looked at the Christmas bird count done around Muskegon, among the birds sighted, a golden eagle, northern shrikes, snow geese, tundra swans, 5 species of gulls, 6 species of owls, western grebes, and on it goes. Muskegon is no longer the gritty, industrial, terribly polluted place that you left, but it is still cold and snowy in the winter! The next nice day we get on a weekend, I’m headed over to look for the golden eagle and snowy owls, who have returned again this winter, wish me luck!

    • Thanks for your comment, Jerry. The last time I visited my brother in Muskegon, about 5 years ago, they took me where a Golden Eagle had a nest. I got a few pictures then. I hope you get to see one or more, and also the Snowy Owl. I have never seen one of them.

  2. I really like your shots of the Prairie Falcon, Bob. Although we get a lot of American Kestrels in South Louisiana, and we sometimes get winter visits from Merlins, the Prairie Falcon is a no-show here. I’m thankful to be able see them through your camera.

  3. Wow – I love the 3D American Kestrel Your fiddling around worked! Now, let me get these other little cuties straight – the Prairie Falcon has some dots on the feathers like the Kestrel and the Merlin does not. At a glance they appear similar. Thanks for posting the photos, you wizard you!
    hugs

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