male (California, USA; 2006-12-31)

American Kestrel
Falco sparverius

Native Range: North America and Latin America

Notes: this small falcon feeds on small prey such as grasshoppers and young rodents; often hovers when hunting; males have blue-gray on the forewings whereas females show rufous

female(California, USA; 2006-09-17)

male in flight (California, USA; 2007-09-16)

female in flight with lizard (California, USA; 2006-09-24)

frontal view (California, USA; 2006-12-23)
back view of male (California, USA; 2008-03-02)
side view of male (California, USA; 2006-12-31)

head (California, USA; 2011-07-23)

male in flight (Dominican Republic; 2006-12-13)

the last thing a grasshopper might see (California, USA; 2011-07-23)

male posing for a portrait (zoo; 2012-06-21)

after a bath (zoo; 2012-06-21)