AMERICAN KESTRELS IN SANDY POINT, ABACO, BAHAMAS


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AMERICAN KESTRELS IN SANDY POINT, ABACO, BAHAMAS

American kestrels Falco sparverius are well known birds in the Americas and Caribbean, and I can’t usefully add anything to the photographs below, all taken at Sandy Point, Abaco a few days ago. Well, perhaps just that they are said to “chitter” when they copulate – but they can’t be alone in that, surely… There were several kestrels around the settlement, including juveniles. Mostly they stayed on the utility posts and lines, from which they dropped occasionally to collect some titbit from the ground below. There was a wonderfully rich-coloured male in a palm tree, but he declined to turn round to be photographed, and I have refrained from including his rather magnificent rear view in the gallery below, out of respect for a fine bird of the species.

AMERICAN KESTRELS ON ABACO 8American Kestrel Abaco 5American Kestrel Abaco 1JUVENILEAmerican Kestrel Abaco 2American Kestrel Abaco 4American Kestrel Abaco 3

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9 thoughts on “AMERICAN KESTRELS IN SANDY POINT, ABACO, BAHAMAS

  1. Pingback: Blue jays mob American kestrels, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. These are great RH! Particularly like the textures in the first one and the shot of him on the ground. 😀 at the chittering! Even though the patterning is different, you can really see the facial resemblance to our British kestrel.

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    • I was lucky to be in the right place for this kestrel family, and in a good light. And no distracting chittering… Just been to look at your kestrels – yes, they really are very similar. The American ones are bigger, I think (but maybe that’s just the Texan ones). RH

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  3. That’s a most charming presentation of an attractive bird, RH! 🙂 Great how you captured the different expressions of the kestrels, I’m sure the rear view was quite something too!
    Is that Sandy Beach in the header? It look s like a place I’d love to be right now.

    Have a great weekend, all of you
    Dina

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    • Good to hear from you, Dina, glad you liked them. They were great fun to watch. Wish I’d had a better camera… I may add the kestrel butt due to popular demand! The beach is here at Delphi – the real life Rolling Harbour (I am merely a pseudonym!). 3/4 mile bay of white sand. Time for a swim, in fact! All the best, RH

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