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Kestrel Feeding Baby

It amazes me to watch birds feed their babies, relentlessly, all day, every day, until they are old enough to feed themselves. This female Kestrel, as well as the male, came in with bugs and mice, dropped them off, and off they flew again for more. Every once in the while, I would see them resting somewhere, but not for long before they were off again!

From Cornell: “North America’s littlest falcon, the American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. It’s one of the most colorful of all raptors: the male’s slate-blue head and wings contrast elegantly with his rusty-red back and tail; the female has the same warm reddish on her wings, back, and tail. Hunting for insects and other small prey in open territory, kestrels perch on wires or poles, or hover facing into the wind, flapping and adjusting their long tails to stay in place. Kestrels are declining in parts of their range; you can help them by putting up nest boxes.”

I photographed these American Kestrels in a friend’s back yard in Brighton, Colorado, early in the morning on June 15, 2017.

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