American Kestrel

American Kestrel

Probably the most beautiful raptor in North America. The smallest too.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

They are also known as the Sparrow Hawk, though they much prefer to eat large grasshoppers and such.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

Several in this wildlife management area love to hang near the fence lines and wait for prey.

As we approach they fly from post to post keeping far enough away to torture us.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

This day she was kind to us.

Green Pond, South Carolina.

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