The Smallest Falcon
Friends, this tiny hawk is an American Kestrel found in Crex Meadows. The educators on Hawk Ridge have taught me that this is a male due to the blue outer wing. Females have a red-brown feathering extending from the back out across the wing backs. They are a small member of the falcon family, related to the Merlin and the Peregrine Falcon. When hunting, they will often hover (wings flapping while staying in one place) or kite (wings steady while staying in one place) over a hayfield or other open area. I think this boy was hunting me. til Tomorrow MJ
Posted on November 4, 2012, in Birds, Crex Meadows, Nature, photography and tagged american kestrel, birds, Crex Meadows, falcon, feathering, Hawk Ridge, kestrel, mjspringett, photography, postaday. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.