Kestrel (Sparrow Hawk)

February 11, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma) (, , )

American kestrel male

American kestrel male

I spent about an hour last month photographing a single male American kestrel, also known as a sparrow hawk. When he first arrived at the blind at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwest Oklahoma, he was wet.

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I think he had probably gone after prey and wound up getting damp.

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He spent a lot of time preening, and slowly his feathers began to dry out.

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The light was gorgeous, even if he wasn’t.

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He knew I was there, but felt safe enough, except when a harrier flew over. Then he retreated to a more distant shrub.

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Then he’d fly back closer to the blind and continue preening.

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This back-and-forth continued several times. I’m glad I stayed so long, because when I was returning to the car, I met the birders who told me about the short-eared owls, which I featured in a post a few days ago.

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Although Hackberry Flat is known for its large population of waterfowl, they were all too far away for good photos. It was the birds of prey that made it a super dooper great trip for me!

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1 Comment

  1. Peggy Lipscomb said,

    Nice pics, Cindy.

    Sent from my iPhone

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