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Dec 23, 2017 22:34 |  #1

My first afternoon of exploring my new environs (Chehalis) yielded this shot of a female kestrel on a signpost beside the road. I spotted her about 75 yards away, and rolled to a stop on the opposite shoulder about 20 yards from her perch. Didn't get out of the car, so as not to spook her, just shot out the open driver's window and got several shots... this one is the best.

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Dec 24, 2017 05:06 |  #2

Very nice Rocky. Clearly an amateur, inexperienced Kestrel, otherwise it would have taken off the instant you touched your window switch. :)


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Dec 24, 2017 11:21 |  #3

Wallace River wrote in post #18525222 (external link)
Very nice Rocky. Clearly an amateur, inexperienced Kestrel, otherwise it would have taken off the instant you touched your window switch. :)

LOL! Thanks, Ian... yeah, they're pretty skittish, but I beat this one to the punch and rolled my window down while the car was still moving! ;)


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Dec 24, 2017 22:39 as a reply to squirl033's post |  #4

Beautiful shot-looks like she's got a remnant of her last meal in her beak. Kestrels are one of my favorites-all the colors of a parrot, all the attitude of a falcon, and easy to find if not to photograph.




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Dec 29, 2017 18:02 |  #5

Wow, beautiful bird and shot, Rocky. Having a bit of experience with Kestrels, I’ll forgive you the ugly perch. :lol:


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Jan 01, 2018 16:26 |  #6

Beautiful Kestrel Rocky. Saw one yesterday in Samish Flats and yes as soon as I rolled my window flew away...:)


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Jan 03, 2018 17:28 |  #7

Shackleton wrote in post #18525749 (external link)
Beautiful shot-looks like she's got a remnant of her last meal in her beak. Kestrels are one of my favorites-all the colors of a parrot, all the attitude of a falcon, and easy to find if not to photograph.

ardeekay wrote in post #18529048 (external link)
Wow, beautiful bird and shot, Rocky. Having a bit of experience with Kestrels, I’ll forgive you the ugly perch. :lol:

Peter2516 wrote in post #18531131 (external link)
Beautiful Kestrel Rocky. Saw one yesterday in Samish Flats and yes as soon as I rolled my window flew away...:)

Thanks, guys!

Peter, the kestrels here seem a bit easier to approach than the ones up in the Seattle area... I think I'm going to enjoy shooting them! ;)


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