Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wandering kestrel

The American kestrel is small and quick. About the size of a bluejay or robin, it is also called a sparrow hawk because a favorite prey is the house sparrow.

This female was easier to spot at the wildlife refuge but she was still a bit too far to get really clear closeups with the lens I have.

Unlike other falcons, she catches prey on the ground instead of mid-air.

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