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. 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!

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  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

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  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.

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    • 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~

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  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.

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      • 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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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