TR Photoshoot: American Kestrels (November 20, 2010)

American Kestrels (AMKE) are some of the most popular raptors at the TRSAC – they are handsome little falcons! This pair, a brother and sister, made for fantastic models in front of the TR Memorial Fountain.

Because of shifting land-use in this country, specifically in the east, AMKE are declining there as farms continue being converted to developments and woodlands. Anne and I have seen many AMKE out west, especially in the agricultural valleys where AMKE can commonly be found on telephone wires overlooking farmland. When insects come into range, AMKE will swoop down and take them mid-air! When hungry for more substantial quarry, such as rodents, AMKE will hover over grassy fields before dropping down and pouncing on their prey.

Here, brother and sister AMKE take on the character of the TR Fountain, which was initially designed to illustrate the innocence of children in nature…

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