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The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is a widespread bird across North America, Central America and much of South America. This bird is a familiar sight to travellers along the highways of the United States since this species often perches on wires and fences and is very easy to see. The bird hunts insects as well as small rodents and birds. The male American Kestrel perched on a wire below is a familiar site across the United States. This one was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in December, 2002. This shot was taken with a Canon D60 and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The male American Kestrel below was at Aransas N.W.R., Aransas Co., Texas, in November, 2006. This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The male American Kestrel in the next 5 images was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in December, 2008. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The male American Kestrel in the next two shots was at Bosque del Apache N.W.R., Socorro Co., New Mexico, in November, 2011. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens.
American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
male
Bell Springs Road,
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
9 January 2014
American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
male
with grasshopper prey item
Balmorhea Lake,
Reeves Co., Texas
6 January 2016
American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
male
with grasshopper prey item
Balmorhea Lake,
Reeves Co., Texas
6 January 2016