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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wordless Wednesday for July 11, 2012 Young Kestrels


We have had a kestrel nesting box out back of our home for around five years.  Usually it is invaded by starlings.  This year we had our first kestrels.

 This is before the young kestrels left their box.  Here is the young male looking at a bug flying around, and below, checking out my son taking his picture.

 Here are both of the sibling kestrels waiting for mom and dad to get them a lizard.  The male is on the left, and the female on the right.  Do you notice the difference between the sexes?
Here is mom with a lizard looking for her children to feed them.  Mom could not find them because they were hiding.  Dad was chasing a Merlin (a pigeon hawk) away.  We were not able to catch a picture of the Merlin.






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46 comments:

  1. Very cool shots. Had myself a lesson on birds

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  2. I love birds of prey. We have Kestrels near our house...but none have taken to our nest box yet. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Neat! My WW is bird-themed, too. ^.^

    -:¦:- Featured Photo: Swallow Nest -:¦:-

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  4. Beautiful photos. Thanks for the linky!

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  5. Beautiful birds. They look slightly like peregrine falcons

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  6. What a wonderful glimpse into nature at work. Congratulations on your first Kestrel family!

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    1. They have all flown away now. Probably looking for a cooler clime. Ha! We are probably going to have another 120 degree day here.

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  7. Worth the wait, that is fantastic! Great shots!

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  8. great shots! So glad your patience paid off!

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  9. What beautiful birds, great photos too!!

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  10. Lovely shots! It is the first time I am seeing these birds.The feathers on the male look brighter!:) Thanks for hosting.

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  11. Thats awesome! We love bird watching!

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  12. oh how fun!! good for you...so fun to watch.

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  13. Nice photos! I'm glad they got their home back.

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  14. Great photos, I think I need to go on a nature walk and find some fun things to take pics of. I have tons of quail and dove but need to see other smaller feathered friends!

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  15. Awesome pictures! Those must have been tough to take.

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  16. Those are great pics!! That is so neat :)

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  17. How exciting to have your first kestrel family! Very beautiful birds!

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  18. These are great shots! I don't think I've ever seen Kestrels before. cute birdies =)

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  19. Wow amazing photos. I wish I could of gotten photo's of the Doves that nested in my garage.

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  20. Beautiful pictures! We're hoping to catch the baby sparrows once they hatch...soon

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  21. How fabulous to have birds like these so close to you. Thanks for dropping by my blog :O)

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  22. Beautiful images, thanks for hosting xx

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  23. Wow! Love these 'kestrels' ~ fantastic photos ~ thanks ^_^ ( A Creative Harbor)

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  24. Lovely photos and story! Birds of prey are so majestic! :)

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  25. BEAUTIFUL bird of prey.. stunning. nicely captured.
    jennie. x

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  26. great pictures! thanks for sharing them :) and thanks for linking up at my WW post on Made by Renee!

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  27. Wow, I can't believe you caught the bird with the worm in his mouth, how neat! Very lovely shots.

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    1. That is a desert iguana lizard. It was nice having the birds get all the lizards around the house. We don't have so many right now.

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  28. I've never even heard of these birds but I also live birds of prey, they are amazing creatures!

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  29. SO cool! we don't see stuff like that in NYC

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