Still can't get close enough for a decent shot of this guy. This is a really tight crop of the original image.
03/07/2014, 8:38 AM
Canon EOS 7D, 1/1250 sec, f/8, 400mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM), ISO 320 (auto), Exp comp 0
I have big snag in my yard that I've attached gourds too. I hope to attract Purple Martins. A few days after I put the gourds up I saw a marked increase of activity around the snag. Most of the openings are facing NxNortheast.
On the upper reaches of the snag, 30', I placed a house, facing South, I hope to attract a Kestrel or a Screech Owl.
I want to find out, if this plays out, if Starlings & Sparrows will stay away because of the threat of the Raptor. I don't think that PMs would be pray but S&S would be.
We see these beauties frequently, year round. they frequently land in trees near the feeders, hoping to catch a quick meal.
Calico Basin in foothills of Spring Mountains, west of Las Vegas, Clark Co., Nevada, USA.
En Área Natural Protegida Estatal "Sierra Corral de los Bandidos"
Adult male kestrel attacking perched red-tailed hawk. Photos by Dana Cole.
The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), sometimes colloquially known as the Sparrow Hawk, is a small falcon, and the only kestrel found in the Americas. It is the most common falcon in North America, and is found in a wide variety of habitats. At 19–21 cm (7–8 in) long, it is also the smallest falcon in North America. It exhibits sexual dimorphism in size and plumage, although both sexes have a rufous back with noticeable barring. Juveniles are similar...