Kestrel (Sparrow Hawk)

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I got out early this a.m. to feed the bulls and change my irrigation water, bringing my camera along to take advantage of the early fall light. A few good photographs to draw upon this coming week for the blog. The Sparrow Hawks were busy this morning, but tricky photographing. Automatic focus is a must as I tried to capture this one in hover mode with my 400 mm lens. I couldn’t help but think of our constant commenter and falconer, Richard, as I was photographing, and include these enlarged (and slightly fuzzy) photos for him.

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13 responses to “Kestrel (Sparrow Hawk)

  1. Would one of these be found in Florida?

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  2. Great photos John. Curious as to what 400mm lens you are using? Does it have stabilization?

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  3. I have a family of white kites in one of my trees and they are very hard to photograph. When I see them hovering I never have my camera. They seem to know. But they are a wonderful bird.
    I love your kestrels.

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  4. Shite… that’s nice!! I was sporting a 300 mil on Saturday and got 2 buzzards in a tangle. I hope it will enlarge as well as your photos!! Great shots!! 😉

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  5. Thank you John. It’s amazing that you can even catch it in a viewfinder. Looks like you had a pretty fast shutter speed. Now you have to see if you can catch it dropping in on a grasshopper or a mouse.

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  6. We have some kestrels near us, but I haven’t managed to get a shot like that. Incredible. I take them when they are perched on a ledge or soaring through the sky. Wonderful birds to watch but difficult to photograph, my hat goes off to you.

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