Off the tether and he would be gone and visiting the young female sitting nearby. There was a female, not part of the Avian Center’s Kestrel’s flying around and temping him.
This is the smallest of the North American raptors. He was most likely hurt and now cannot hunt anymore. Most residents here have had that happen.
The small size doesn’t mean he can be exercised without the thick falconry gloves.
Avian Conservation Center, South Carolina.