A Kestrel, which is a type of falcon.
I didn’t think it was a friendly visit and the hummingbirds didn’t either!
Kestrels like to hover in the still air and dive bomb their prey at up to 65 miles per hour. The Hummingbirds seemed to know this and cleared out tout de suite !
All except for this juvenile who is not even fully fledged yet. He thought it was a great opportunity to dominate the feeder. Of course since I was out and about, the poor kestrel had to look somewhere else for his morning meal!
And the juvenile hummer lived to fledge another day.
When the kestrel left, the hummers returned.
They are currently consuming approximately 32 ounces of nectar daily!
The kestrel is divine isn’t he? He was quite unafraid. Life at The Holler is really ‘for the birds’ and that is fine by me!
Cheers to you from all your Holler feathered friends~
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Beautiful images 🙂
Thank you, but the beauty of the subjects do make it quite easy!
I’m glad you were around, for the juvenile hummer’s sake, Cindy! The kestel has wonderful colouring – breeding plumage I guess. RH
Stunning creature! This is the first time I was able to get one still. Usually they just bullet by. Falcons are the fastest moving creatures on earth, some varieties can reach up to 135 mph!
Happy you enjoyed them! They were fun to take~
A beautiful predator! It is awesome you got a good shot of the bird. This reminds me of seeing hawk dive bombing live in front of my eyes recently (about a month back). That was such a show and you can’t easily forget. On one hand, I like them but on the other hand I do not since the small cuties are scared of them.
Oh YES!! Hawks in a dive are in incredible sight, the way they pause in mid-air, tuck their wings and let gravity take over! A big thrill to watch. I’m glad you got to see it and yes, woe to the prey of any flying raptor~
That is it! You described it so well. I recalled exactly what these 3 hawks were doing.
What a handsome looking bird! 😀
I think he knows it too!!! How could he not!
Truly amazing photographs. So beautiful.
I feel like I should be saying, “children mind your manners,” when out and about with The Holler critters. And of course the critters listen to me just about as much as my kids did!!
What kind of lens are you using to get those shots? And what’s your f/stop and time? There stunningly beautiful.
Awww, thank you! My camera is a Sony HX-300. It has a built in Zeiss Vario Sonnar lens. Don’t know the F-stop or time, but the magnification was approx. 1000 mm at 35 mm equivalents. In reality the image size is really 5.6 mm. The Sony technology is crazy good~
Wow amazing chest feathers and beautiful eyes! I’m glad you saved the baby humming bird from the hungry kestrel! I love your bird pics and Holler family! Hugz Lisa and Bear
I do think it suits me to be a family member of the birds!!! 😉
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Meet Cindy’s bird friends! Exquisite photos!
Awww, you guys rock!
Beautiful photos as always. The little juvenile looks to be still getting his big bird feathers.
Yes!!! And even when he gets them, he will never be a Big Bird! Laughing…… The Hummers make up for their lack of physical size with their outsize personalities!
Oh my goodness yes. Our little guys have been back for about a month now. We have Rufus hummers and they are five grams of pure evil. I’ve never seen such fussing and fighting in my life. Luckily two females ganged up on one male, so they were able to feed in peace. Otherwise, the male stands guard of the feeder and bullies everyone.
Okay right after this reply, I am going to google image the rufus, can’t wait to see.
“5 grams of pure evil.”
I couldn’t love them if they were perfectly sweet…..
But I do notice how much they give up the conflict when they need to bulk up on nectar when the sun starts to set.
Then they cooperate, and share the feeders.
They are simply remarkable.
Breathtaking. To get one of those bird species in focus is amazing both of them wow. They are some fast moving critters. 😀
It is always a surprise to see what the camera captures, especially with small critters like the hummingbirds. Merci beau coup & cheers too!
What a beautiful bird the kestrel. Wow! as well as the hummingbirds of course 🙂
You had to compliment the hummingbirds or you know I would get miffed……..Laughing!! Thanks much~
lol! I wasn’t about to let the falcon take all of the spotlight 😉
Super bird photos!
As I am typing this I am watching the hummingbird feeder glug with air bubbles in response to their greedy gulping…..the true wonder is how on earth do they eat this much???? It would be pretty cool if I had their metabolism….imagine all the forbidden sweets I would eat!!! 😛
You took this picture? Nice feather pattern and beak:)
Well they are remarkable, and I am glad you see what I do…all the amazing details of these remarkable creatures. Thank you~
These photos are truly extraordinary. And I’m really glad you were nearby to save the juvenile hummingbird, at least for today. Many thanks Cindy.
Love your photos as well my friend and many thanks. It is ridiculous, I worry about the hummingbirds when I go on vacation……Who will chase away the hawks and pick off the praying mani……..I’m such a pathetic mom!!
That little Hummingbird owes you his life, good thing you were there! Love the rust color and spots on Mr. Falcon….as always, great pics!!
Observing and photographing these creatures, as you well know my friend, is an absorbing and fascinating pastime. Merci beau coup mon ami…… and you keep on clickin too!
Great pictures. I am waiting for the hummers to show up in my area.
Always a cause for celebration!!! We’re BAACK!! They are at The Holler year round, but they come in droves in early March, always has me hanging extra feeders!
I adore your life ‘for the birds’ Cindy and delight in all your posts. While all deserve dinner, I breathed a sigh of relief for that wee hummer. He’s lucky you were out there, deterring the handsome Kestrel. hugs, Gina
Laughing…..it’s kinda like…okay I know you’re a raptor, but not the hummingbirds already, so what if I am feeding a hundred of them and it looks like a buffet to you!!!
A buffet! That’s hilarious. 🙂 We have Merlins and when they get screeching (hunting) I pray for our neighborhood Robins! But they seem to prefer the English Sparrows which have dominated my feeders, so I guess I’ve created a buffet too.
Absolutely beautiful shots.
Awwww, grazi & hope your hubby is doing better!
The beauty of the subjects is definitely there, but it doesn’t make it easy! Skill makes it easy 🙂
^^’ So kind!
No, so true 🙂
stunning pics of the kestrel Cindy … just yesterday we noticed an unusual silence int he bush as we walked through to the beach … oh yes, there he was .. a Goshawk! All the birds were staying still and silent, hoping to be unnoticed 🙂
It is thrilling for me to even read what you wrote. The best thing I ever did for myself was move out of the suburbs and into the country. Life has immediate meaning here. So glad you have this too!
aren’t we the luckiest people Cindy? xx
How kind of you!
These are beautiful hummingbirds,Cindy.
Thank you Ranu! Scraggly but neat to get the shots of the juvenile which is rare for me~
Yes, Cindy, divine is a good word for this fine fellow! Beautiful shots. I’ve never seen one of these–we get osprey and the occasional bald eagle, but I have only had the pleasure of seeing a falcon (peregrine, I think) one time. Lovely, lovely bird!
And I have only seen osprey once and didn’t get good shots! They are magnificent and an occasional bald eagle is a major thrill for me. We are heading to peregrine nesting territory and I am excited about seeing this. It is all just thrilling!
That is a very beautiful falcon. The city Hall roof in San Jose had falcons nesting on it. It was really interesting. I know cams are set up in other places like that.
Yes in NYC for example. A coyote once rode the NYC subway. Amazing that these creatures can adapt like this. Falcons are here but they are so fast, they are hard to photograph. I thought at first that this was a tame kestrel or sick or something because it just sort of sat there, but then I figured it was interested in the feeder and the humming birds. There were orioles here a few weeks ago. I got photos of the males, and then I found two dead females on the ground, obviously attacked by a raptor. When I went back out with my camera, one of them was gone so the predator picked it up. I assumed a Great Horned Owl, but now I wonder if it was the kestrel. Haven’t seen anymore orioles~
We have some kestrels in London. They tend to hide themselves by clinging on to the sides of tall buildings during the very early morning and then diiving on their prey. A spectacular sight. 🙂
You know my husband and I want to go back to the UK in 2015. Take a tansatlantic to Southhampton, go spend some time in the countryside, and move on to Eastern Europe. I would so love to see this in London……We’ll take you out for a pint if your available and you can show us where to look!
Thanks. Unfortunately it’s a matter of luck as they tend to change there hunting/nesting area. They get moved on by development. We used to have a nesting pair on the tower block opposite but refurbishment moved them on. I’ll keep my eye out though.
When I get the time, I’ll be doing some posts on places worth seeing, including some of the less well known that might take your interest. Wye Aye 😀
ooooh looking forward to the posts~
It’s wonderful set~love it.
joyful day ~ cindy^^
All is good! Cheers to you and domo arigato!
ありがとう＾＾ 今日に乾杯 ～
Thank you ＾＾ Cheers～
Anata wa totemo shinsetsudesu. (I hope I got this right!) You are very kind~
32 ounces of nectar daily, that is a lot for a little bird. Technology does help to take better photos, but yours are different because you love nature and you put your heart into it. We are so lucky to be your follower.
Visa versa 2 U X 2! The gratitude goes round and round. I am grateful for you Amy, for your talent and for your kindness. Hugz~
Thank you, Cindy! (Hugs)
I’ve seen Cara Caras (also a type of hawk) swoop through the air and pick up an unsuspecting Hummingbird that was leaving our garden all content. Poor thing…
I saw Caracara’s too in Patagonia and Argentina. Got tons of pics of them. Are they vultures or hawks? I saw them kill a bird too. I was amazed by these birds. They were all over the place and quite big and formidable. Can’t imagine them catching a hummingbird. WOW!
That last shot – looks like he posed just for the photo op. 🙂
I think he did. I bet he even has an agent…….
Oh, what beautiful captures! And what a great post! It’s so good you were there to save the little hummingbird.
Why thank you! Very kind of you to say. They are so easy to fall in love with~
I didn’t know kestrels preyed on hummingbirds; shouldn’t they find something like baby mice instead? What great shots – was the kestrel close by or do you have a super telephoto lens?
Yes, apparently they are opportunisitc and will go after songbirds and such. Reportedly this makes quite a show when they do it as they are very skillful flyers. But you are right, their ususal prey are mice, bugs and perish the thought, butterflies!!!
Good thing you were there to save the young ones.
I think he was very considerate to let me get his foto in exchange!
Just a tad “proud” Kesler.
Oh yes! I noticed this too~
As hawks go, I think the kestrel is the most beautiful…, the peregrine the fastest, and the red tail the most social. Beautiful pics, Cindy. …and contrary to the specious rumors floating about, I did not fall from the face of the earth……., I was pushed ! 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful Easter.
What happened to you? Are you okay?
I’m ok, for the most. More surgery needed for the skin cancer, trying to sell some property that no one wants to buy, work on the house/yard…, etc. Thanks for asking, Cuz. 🙂 Big hug !
So what kind of skin cancer??? I know the difference.
Work on the house, yard, means you are involved in your art, which is all good.
I am a Barton. You can’t fool me. We are all massive worry worts. How are you really cuz?
Great photos, Cindy! I love the detail on the kestrel’s feathers and it eyes seemingly on high alert. There’s a lot of nature out there in the holler :-).
Thanks! He is gorgeous isn’t he? And yep, The Holler is full of fab stuff to keep me clicking.
What brilliant captures… the kestrel and the humming bird all in such clarity and colour… beautiful…
But I just read this post on your hospitalization, but couldn’t see the date. Did this just happen? Are you okay?
I confess to having a very selfish reaction and I am sorry. I would miss you, your photos, and the beautiful Africa you present in your posts.
But that is kinda nice isn’t it?
I value what you do.
Somehow I am pretty sure you are okay.
Is this correct?
Yep I’m on the way to recovery … just the lungs that collapsed that are giving trouble, but they will repair with time…
How beautiful. Kestrels are amazing flying critters. There is a house down from us with two chimneys at each end of the house. Two peregrins have taken to resting on the chimneys before heading out to hunt. It is glorious to see them reeling about the the blue sky.
Yes I have seen this also but not enough of these incredible flyers. Heading off the see the peregrine’s nesting area soon and most excited. You are lucky to have them nesting nearby!
I know. Thanks to your blog, I’ve gained a new appreciation for raptors.
Cindy, had never seen a picture of a kestrel, very beautiful bird. So glad, all your hummers survived.
Awesome pictures! Thank you! Veraiconica
Thank you my friend for stopping by and so glad you enjoyed your birdie friends!
Beautiful bird shots Cindy
Ahhh, so happy you think so & cheers to you Al~
But what did the poor kestrel get for dinner? 🙁
I know!! Save one, starve another? Actually and I gues regretfully and thankfully, there is a polyglot of rodents at The Holler. The kestrel was probably just looking for some dietary variety. They also eat butterflies which would also be a no go for me, if the kestrel was interested in my opinion, which thankfully he is not. Laughing……
LOL! Well, we all like a change of diet sometimes.
Yes! Particularly if it involves chocolate……
Exquisite, Cindy! Perfect capture for Earth Day. We live in a beautiful world…
We do indeed! Thank you for your thoughtful comments Rebecca and the cheeriest cheers to you my friend~
🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you for all of your wonderful posts!
Visa versa x 2 2 U!!! <3 <3
This was a wonderful post. I’m glad you were there for the little guy!
Me too!!! He was sooooo tiny!
They are tiny but ferocious! I think they emerge that way….. For good reason!
I think the ferociousness is 99% bluff! They calm down as nightfall approaches and share the feeders like nice little puppies!
You have such awesome neighbors. .. even if they are always coming over for a meal! I’m learning about what feeders to put out to attract different birds and I’m starting to get some interesting visitors myself. Great captures btw!!
It is so much fun to attract a variety of birds. We just got orieles, but a raptor killed two females, so now they have moved on. That is the first bird on bird fatality I have seen re: the feeders. Will be most interested to hear what you attract!
Absolutely beautiful shots Cindy.
Very glad you think so and cheers to you!
He’s so beautiful. I don’t want him to go hungry, but I don’t want him to eat the hummingbirds either!
The ultimate human dilemna when observing nature! It was like this in Africa, “Look at those gorgeous lionesses!” Oh nooooooo, “look at those Impalas run………”
At The Holler I can protect some creatures like the hummers, but of course the kestrel is a stunner too…….and hopefully found lots of rodents to eat…….of course rodents are people too!!!!! Laughing…..
That last photo – looks like he means business.
That is the impression I clearly got!!!
WOW! These are amazing captures!
As are all of yours Jackie! Thank you~
What beautiful photos! Such nice realistic photos as well.
Ahhhh, very thoughtful and much appreciated!
Thank you Cindy. They are always a delight!
As my far away friend, are you!
Merci beaucoup! Please give my regards to the hummingbirds. 🙂 x
The black oil sunflower seeds are bringing new birds to my feeder. I enjoy several woodpeckers, redwing blackbirds, wren, yellow finches, robins, doves, … I had to get a new feeder as the squirrels ate the plastic one. The metal one I have now is supposed to close the feeding holes with the weight of the squirrel. But I think they figured that out and hang upside-down on the feeder. Or wait for the birds to drop seed. The ducks and Canadian geese even try to see if there is anything left for them on the ground. Though now that we finally got the tree out of the creek I think they are happy to be in the water – without having to climb over the ‘dam’.
Okay, when can I come to YOUR house????? Laughing. Sounds like birdie heaven, which for me is human heaven too!! <3 <3
The kestrel is so much like an owl, in the respect that it looks like it understands and is ‘wise’ beyond its capacity! I love the inquisitive nature in it, but also fear for the little birds and especially hope he is not going to hurt the hummingbirds.
YES! All these emotions are what I felt too. I think it is important for humans to be aware of and sensitive to our natural feeling towards the creatures we share our planet with. You clearly are very much in touch with your feelings and I am grateful.
Cheers to you and thank you ma deah’
You are most welcome and thank You for the great photos with such rich colors and great details included, Cindy!
I just love these pictures! Kestrels are such beautiful birds, and they have the sweetest faces. It’s hard to imagine them preying on little hummingbirds. (That last picture of the kestrel that you posted makes me wonder if it knew what you were planning to write about it, because the expression on its face is like, “Who, me?”) I’m glad you were there to protect the fearless hummingbird!
Oh yes!!! It is so beautiful, I thought the same thing……but a kestrel has to eat! Just not my hummers thank you very much!!! Laughing……
I love both birds!! So gorgeous, Cindy! The “Holler” seems like a heaven… or maybe a slice of a “Garden of Eden”. _Resa xo
I am fair I do include the bugs, rattlesnakes, errrrrr……unusual folks and stuff……still I haven’t posted the chicken farm you have to pass on the way (roll up the windows, turn the air to recycle, plug your nose, and floor the accelerator!) So probably not precisely heaven…….. 😉
Now that was a close call. It is a pretty bird but that hummingbird better watch himself!
So when are ya visiting???? If you read the comment above, you may start putting me off! Laughing…….
What a spectacular creature. I adore birds, and this is a new one for me. I swear, your photography makes me wish I were you!!! Loved this.
Ohhh so nice, but no way do you wish to be me, in the just the first place I am a lot older than you!!! Laughing…….and no way am I a poet like you. You rock your socks off and I am so glad you are YOU!! <3
Besides can you imagine if your got this wish and woke up as a 57 year old woman, with a husband named Jim, living in a place called The Holler???????
It would be like a bad hollyweird sit-com from hell……Laughing!
PS- Plus you would have two adult kids named Andrea & Matteo…….You really got me going on this tangent…..Now you are on you knees expressing gratitude for being yourself!!! Cracking up big time now~
LOL. The beauty of the “holler” might compensate for any unwanted effects! LOL. it would be cool to jump inside your camera at least. May have to wait on a few technological advancements for that to happen! Nature just seems to unfold for you and say “here I am”. That’s a blessing and gift.
Well okay we could swap selves for a couple of hours, but then due to my blogging addiction, I would probably bee line to your computer and post a bunch of cheesy poetry on your blog. No way is this a win situation for you!!! 😉
In all seriousness though, I do hear and appreciate what you are really saying. The Holler is clearly not for everyone. But out here, where the wild things are, I am fully at peace. Thank you for recoginizing this & for giving me some great guffaws too. Cheers to you and thank you!
Really beautiful Cindy. Love your photos !
Hmmmm trying to figure how I can sway some fotos for your incredible food!!!
Lovely but lethal!
Yep, as it often is in nature!
Just phenomenal photos, Cindy. I’m glad you were there to “protect” the hummer baby! 🙂
It’s funny some hummers are more photogenic, not because they look better, but because their movements are less hyper-active. This little guy is definitely such. He’s a star!!!
There is such authentic power and grace in these pictures. I feel in awe.
Ohhhh, I feel most honored! Thank you~
Oh and the predator does look sad to have lost his chances. Fantastic photos as always and thanks for sharing! 🙂
It’s a tough call isn’t it, interfering in Mother Nature? Not logical, but then, what feelings are logical?
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Oh I am honored and so appreciative! Thank you!
Cindy, you are most welcome!
magnificent creatures Cindy, i have to ask at what distances are you shooting these from?
from my own experience both of these varieties of birds are very skittish, not likely to stay
put if they sense humans near. wow, a kestrel. that’s kinda’ rare to see, i saw my first
Falcon in the Chicago yesterday, we’ve had a huge resurgence of them in the past decade.
I am usually quite close. No more than 6 feet away. We are heading to Peregrine nesting territory so I hope to have some shots of these speedy guys. Maybe they will actually sit still on a nest!!! Cheers to you my friend and thank you~
Such a gorgeous creature and beautifully captured – I’m fascinated by the politics of birds…who will feed with who, who eats who…so interesting to watch – thanks!!
Yes!! I am fascinated by bird behaviour as well! They have complex social interactions and amazing vocalizations. Love em!
Still love these pics- and Hummingbirds are my favorite! Thanks for your “like” today over at The Song Mistress, Cindy! :))
You are most welcome and thanks and cheers to you too!
Incredible shots, Cindy!! Such beautiful creatures!!! Thank you for sharing them! 🙂
Thank you for appreciating them!
Beautiful images Cindy 🙂
So happy you think so! Heading over to your blog now~
How on Earth did you take these, Cindy? Hummingbirds are so quick. Their wings speeds!
I think maybe it works because they are getting accoustomed to me and pretty much let me get close. They know I am not a threat to them and am “The Giver of the Nectar!” Laughing……
This is almost worthy of a science fiction novel. You’ve violated the “Prime Directive” and a new hummingbird religious movement has resulted: Cindyism.
You do take divine photographs, come to think of it. };-)>
I know all about the prime directive since I am a lifelong trekkie!! Cracking up…….Thank you & cheers to you~
Cindy…my Lord you are a wonder!! As much as those hummingbirds! I would have to agree with Nav!! How in the world, were you able to catch those birds in midflight?! I do have an incredible hummingbird story to tell you. My Uncle Nokie, (who was a professional racecar driver) had a place atop a mountain here in the Smokey’s. The first time I visited him, he told me to have a seat on one of the rockers on his front porch. I did and he turned to me and said. “When they come…they’ll come in groups. It will scare you at first, because it’s strange to be sure…and usually they do not gather in this high a number. If you move one inch…breathe to heavy….or flutter your eyes to fast…they’ll fly away & you’ll miss the wonder! When they emerge…stay very still and watch them. I can remember thinking…he’s lost his mind. Then I got really nervous picturing the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”. All of a sudden…the first of the birds, made it’s appearance. One single Hummingbird. He flew over to the feeder not two feet from me and began drinking when a strange sound surrounded us on the porch. Within seconds, more than twenty humming birds appeared and began dispersing to 7 of the dozen feeders he had hanging from his porch. A few seconds later, 20 more. And this went on & on until my Uncle had close to one hundred hummingbirds feeding on his porch! It was without a doubt one of the most magical moments I’ve ever experienced. Though to most that would sound silly…you would have to be there to appreciate it! As I looked at your pics, it occurred to me. “I wish I would’ve had Cindy there with me to document those lovely birds!!! Uncle Nokie passed away four years ago, but every time I visit his home; I remember how proud he was that day, to show us all what he enjoyed regularly. Watching his face light up as we experienced the dance of the hummingbirds. Thanks for the memory Cindy!!! Love this and sharing it now!! 😉 <3
This story gives me goosebumps, and of course makes total sense to me in every way. When I take photos of the hummers, I focus on a particular bird or birds and have the camera in front of my eye. The other hummers buzz around me causing my hair to blow in their breeze and if I didn’t have the camera in front of my face, I would blink involuntarily because they come so close to my face. They land on my hand when I hang the feeders. They definitely know me and do not fear me. When I work in the garden, they drink out of the hose spray and follow me around to see what I am doing. If I am taking pics of bees on the blue sage for example, they will start to drink from the sage flowers almost as if to say, “take a pic of me here then” They are almost like pets and I love them. Your uncle and I clearly would have understood each other. Plus, I love to race around in our Boxster and my husband is a porsche race driving instructor in his spare time, so we would have that in common too. I am so glad you had this experience to know what it is like. There is something truly magical about forming a relationship with wild creatures. Trust you two to intuit this~ <3 <3
Wow! As an Australian who has never seen a hummingbird reading these stories about flocks of Hummingbirds and their friendly interactions sounds amazing…even if I struggle to picture it. Our Rainbow Lorrikeets are very friendly like that and will visit my parents’ balcony. You get certain trees where the lorrikeets congregate in their hundreds all nattering at dusk. It’s an amazing sound…better than the screeching Sulphur-crested cockatoos.
I am always awe-struck how you could capture those close-up shots. Remarkable! 😀
Awwww, comments like this make it so worthwhile! Grazi~
Cindy – I am consistently amazed the details of these amazingly close captures. 😀 Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for commenting and appreciating!
The first time I ever saw one of these little predators it flew right over my head. I’d never seen the colors like that on the underside of a regular bird. I’d seen it quite well since it flew right over me. When I got to my computer I spent some time figuring out what I’d seen. It was my first experience with this amazing raptor. Thanks for the pictures.
Yes, they are remarkable flyers and do whiz by closely some time. I am happy you saw it and identified it! Cheers to you and thank you~
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As always Cindy captures the beauty and spirit of these birds so that instead of static images each one is a living moment you are invited to experience. What a lovely break from all the serious and often negative news! Thank you Cindy!
Oh we so need a break from the negative news. It feeds on itself and grows and creates depression and contagion in the receiver. Thank you my friend for seeing this!
that kestrel did NOT want to make birdie buddies. Our hummers are woofing, too! I fill silo-sized feeders every weekend! Happy spring…:)
What an absolutely great series of images Cindy. I feel like they were actually inviting themselves through my computer screen and on into my den for a tid bit.
Darn it! If only Harry Potter were here I would make this happen! 😉
Bsolutely fabulous Kestrel, Cindy! the Hummingbirds aren’t too shabby, either, but those are among the best candid Kestrel photos I’ve seen anywhere. Well done!
Why thank you! I was just over commenting on your blog re: your fab fotos!!! So visa vers 2 U X 2!
How funny that timing worked out, thanks. Your Kestrel looks very healthy and well-fed, and the eyes! Such keen-looking eyes.
Yes, sometimes things happen in contemporaneous time in the virtual world. I like it when this happens~
Einfach tolle Bilder wunderschön.Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Dienstag.Liebe Grüße von mir.Gislinde
Vielen danke Gislinde! <3 <3 <3
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Liebe Cindy einfach so herrliche Vogelfotos wunderschön sei ganz lieb gegrüßt und einen schönen Tanz in den 1 Mai wünscht dir Klaus
Danke schoen Klaus! <3 <3
A beautiful little kestrel, a small but perfect bird of prey 🙂
He is a stunner isn’t he! Perfect description~
He might be “mean,” but he’s sure sexy! Analyze THAT statement (it might explain why I’ve been married 3 times). ;oP
I analyzed and came up with this, you are hilarious and l love to laugh!!! <3
The kestrel is a wonderful bird, looks slightly innocent and sweet but we know better! I love watching them hover and dive, they are common in the UK and I remember them from my childhood. 🙂
Oh wonderful to have these memories! This was a rare sighting for me!!
Then well done for capturing it! His colours are beautiful. Have a lovely weekend 🙂
Very kind! Thank you~
I love kestrels. Amazing shots!
Stunning pictures. The colours are just glorious.x
Merci beaucoup mon ami!
Wonderful! How can you get so very close picture? I mean, with a natural landscape it’s easier but with animal subjects…Good job!!!
Absolutely gorgeous! You are privileged indeed! Although I think the birds are too. 🙂
Birds are such amazing creatures. They do have lessons to teach us on how to live and I do feel priveleged with all the wonderful birds that live in Hollerdom. Cheers to you and thank you too!
I send a card today and don’t ask me why this little paragraph about the Hummingbird and I remembered this post and wanted to share it with you. Perhaps, you’ve heard it before.
“Legends say that the hummingbirds float free of time,carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbirds delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.”
Hope you are having a great day xx Rowena
PS I was interested to read that your husband instructs as a racing car driver. My husband has an Austen Healey Sprite in the back shed. Not quite a Porsche and it’s certainly seen better days now. My husband would love to get it out on the track doing club racing but it won’t be hapening any time soon.
What a delightful comment. I hadn’t heard all of this about hummingbirds, but I knew as totem animals, they symbolize the joy and beauty and pleasure of life, something I can heavily relate too. Austin Healy’s are phenomonal cars. I love excellent cars, just like my husband and yours. If I were you I would desperately want to take it for a spin, or 10! I hope your hubby does get it track ready. It would be so fun to see it pace around the track. Cheers to you Rowena and thank you for the lovely message~
You must live at the intersection of heaven and my dream garden. I can only hope I get to see a few of the amazing scenes you capture in my life! Keep sharing these amazing shots 🙂
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Awesome blog by an awesome lady that lives at the corner of heaven and my dream garden.
You won’t be disappointed!
Awwwww, what lovely sentiments from a truly lovely person! Thank you for your kindness my friend and only the very best to you! <3 <3
Good Morning Cindy,
Your photography is great~ ! I absolutely love hummingbirds! I need much better lenses to capture birds the way you do. I love looking at your blog! Thanks for subscribing to mine.
Welcome and so pleased to meet you! Thank you for such lovely comments and cheers to you~
Kestrels (Prairie Falcons) are just a precious treasure. Of all the falcons, I love their coloring the best. They’re not the largest of their type, but only second to the fastest- the peregrine. Peregrines are not nearly so pretty though. Didn’t know that they would go for a hummer though. How was the trip? G’nite….. Hugs ! 🙂
Photographed my second kestrel yesterday. I agree with you. They are gorgeous birds. The trip is good so far and tomorrow we go by float plane up The Knight Inlet to stay with the grizzly bears and watch them fish~
:Tell Teddy and Momma Bear I said hello ! Have a great time. Will be waiting to hear all about it. :
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I missed that you did this. I am so sorry and so very appreciative. Thank you!
Oh my goodness Cindy! Amazing photos!!
Awww, you are very kind. Thank you!