Curious Kestrels~

Are rare for me to find.

This pair was mating on the rooftops in Alsace France.

Kestrels are a type of falcon that live all over the world.

These were photographed in Canada and France.

Kestrels will hunt and nest in populated areas if prey is available.

They don’t bother building their own nests, preferring to steal other bird nests!

They often hover in mid-air over prey, before dropping to consume them.

Cheers to you from the quite handsome French & Canadian Kestrels~

108 thoughts on “Curious Kestrels~

    1. Lots of birds do this. They take them after they are abandoned, so it is rather polite. Great Horned Owls steal nest from occupying Red Tail Hawks which is rather rude!

    1. I was surprised to find them hunting and mating amongst the rooftops in France. They usually came around at twilight though so they were hard to photograph.

            1. I know exactly what they are and how hard they are to photograph because they are so shy. I have a few photos, but not as good as yours. Congrats!

  1. Kestrels are such cuties. Love the coloring and markings. This brings back memories of when I was taking a female Kestrel out of the rehab center’s aviary for time outside on the glove. It was breeding season, so of course the male kept getting between me and her to prevent me from taking her. Alas, it wasn’t practical for me to take them both out at the same time!

    1. I was super surprised to see the mating. It occurred at falcon speed! How wonderful it must have been for you to work at The Raptor Center! Hugs to you Lynn~

  2. Interesting as always Cindy. I’m sure they don’t get photographed mating too often, you’ve got someting special there! She doesn’t look to happy about it though :/ But given he probably just dropped in on her, it’s understandable x K

    1. Oh for heaven’s sake! You make me laugh so much you hurt my side. I pulled my intercostal muscle a few days ago and laughing is definitely a no-no! Both your comments completely cracked me up. I don’t care it was so worth it! Hugs to you~

  3. Beautiful!! There are supposed to be a lot of Golden Eagles in Scotland but we didn’t see any, even though we were out in the countryside. Scotland is a beautiful desolate place for them to live though.

    1. Golden Eagles are a thrill to see in the wild, but something I don’t see very often either. I love Scotland, especially the highlands. My grandmother was a Scot. Your trip looks awesome~

  4. Beautiful photos, Cindy. I love to see kestrels hover but I’ve ever seen one close up like in your photos. They’re such attractive birds.

    1. They are beautiful and rare for me to actually see sitting still for any length of time. In France they hunted among the rooftops at dusk so the photos were a challenge to take!

      1. I don’t know how you manage to take such wonderful pictures. You have a good eye and a steady hand. 🙂 Your shots of the mandarin ducks were gorgeous.

      1. Smallest of the birds of prey, and about the size of a blue jay or smaller. Sometimes called the sparrow hawk. And if I remember right they will nest in barns.

    1. Thank you Robin. We live in a fascinating world which is a lot to fun to photograph, especially when nice people like you make such kind comments~

  5. I’ve ‘falcon’ in love with these amazing photos. I see them ‘kestrel’ clear, my friend!
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  6. Beautiful pix of beautiful birds. I have seen a few American kestrels while walking past a cattle farm near my home. Watching them hover was a rare treat. Tho small as raptors go, they are a lot bigger than hummingbirds.

  7. So cute 🙂 I wanted to “like” and comment on your “Peerless Perigrines” post also, but the link was broken between the email notification and your blog, and the post didn’t come up in a search. Anyway, what I intended to say was how pleasurable to see such a healthy pair of peregrines, as they’re from an endangered species.

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