The Eurasian Kestrel is common in Europe and Asia. However, they have also begun to be seen more often in Alaska and the Northeast US.
They are members of the Falcon family. Hunting does involve dives, but more shallow and slower than the speedy Peregrin Falcon.
They can be used for falconry. Typically larger birds, except for the Peregrin, are trained.
The day I photographed them they did not fly. There were too many larger raptors near by.