AMERICAN KESTRELS BEING CREATIVE ON ABACO
I don’t usually hold back from using (my) bad photos if there’s a reasonable excuse to do so. There’s a reason here. So here are a few bad photos. This sequence of mating kestrels was taken at a considerable distance, after I’d seen a bird fly into a pine tree out of the corner of my eye**. I couldn’t make out what species it was with the naked eye or through the viewfinder, so I took an ‘ID shot’ to enlarge later on. The image below is it – and a clear enough blur to say AMKE. Then I carried on taking pictures.
The header image came next as I realised there was another bird flying in from the right. Then the sequence below: the male mating with the female at once, dispensing with preliminaries; the male moving off along the branch; the female following a short way up the branch; then the male eventually flying away.
And that was that: all over in no time at all; all captured on camera; all finding its way onto the internet before you can say K@rd@shi@n tape. Let hope some good comes of it. Some baby kestrels would be good…
These photos were taken at Bahama Palm Shores, one of the go-to hotspots on Abaco for great birding including the gorgeous parrots. A new local initiative has seen the building of a tall platform overlooking a secluded lake that offers birders a great view of the birdlife there. But that’s a topic for another day.
All photos: Keith Salvesen
**This is badly written, I do realise – no, it didn’t literally fly out of the corner of my eye, that’s just how I happened to see it.
Awesome sighting! I love these colorful birds, they are so quick & not so easy to photograph. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Donna, it was one of those completely ‘right place at right time’ moments. If I’d been looking very slightly further west, I’d have missed it. Or, frankly, if I’d blinked, so short was the erm transaction… RH
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It doesn’t have to be perfect to be posted. Very enjoyable to see those kestrels in loving action, even from a distance, RH. Your writing goes down like a good glass of wine. Or like a delightful conversation on birdwatching with a good drop in the glass. 🙂 Very nice! Keep our fingers crossed for some baby kestrels in the near future. Such a magnificent bird.
I agree, Dina, but people’s expectations can be high! Thanks for your appreciative comments… I’ve never had a comparison with a glass of wine before! But there’s definitely as much plonk as vintage. As you say, let’s hope this (very) Brief Encounter will be productive. RH
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