Saturday, September 4, 2010

American Kestrel

Since I starting birding back in March, I've seen several American Kestrels. Unfortunately, I could never get close enough to get a descent shot. They were either too far off, or if I got a little closer, they were sitting up high against a bright overcast sky.
I attended a photography club meeting TRNWR last Thursday evening and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge came up a few times, so I decided to check it out.
Well, when I arrived, the first bird I encountered was a female American Kestrel that landed on a low post in the parking lot as I started out in my pickup to drive the car route loop. I was going very slow at the time, so I stopped to size up the situation. I was viewing the bird through my windshield which was pretty dirty at the moment, so I decided to roll down my passenger window and then slowly turn the truck away from the Kestrel and position myself so I could take shots through the open side window.
Luckily, the Kestrel wasn't spooked and I was able to get a few shots. Still not quite as sharp as I would like, but by far the best I've gotten so far.

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