Thursday, March 10, 2011

American kestrel, Point Reyes National Seashore

Here are three more shots from my wonderful encounter with this lovely kestrel in Point Reyes National Seashore last month. I posted some others a few weeks ago with the overcast sky as the backdrop, but since this particular female was so cooperative, I was able to get some shots with a more colorful setting too.

Friendly kestrel in Point Reyes - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

Here's a similar pose, but with her tail feathers showing.

Kestrel in Point Reyes with tail showing - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

I'm not sure what caught her eye for this one, but it makes for an interesting pose, especially with the catchlight in her eye.

Sideways glance from female kestrel - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography


  1. Superb photos. Thanks for sharing your photographic encounter with the kestrel.

  2. Great capture for a nice pose:)

    Kah Wai

  3. Beautiful colors in bird and background Pat.

  4. Exceptional series! She sure is a most beautiful creature!

  5. She's so FLUFFY! Your captures are wonderful!

  6. Outstanding captures, the colours are gorgeous!

  7. this is such a sweet bird. And your shots is superb. I was hoping to see it in Costa Rica, but I did not. Too bad. :(

  8. Fantastic and perfect for me ! Fabulous pictures !


  9. Thanks, Marvin! Glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks, Kah-Wai! It kept its foot up like that alot while I watched it. I'm not sure why, but it made for an interesting pose!

    Thanks, Jim! I always love the greens of winter here in CA -- they make for great backdrops!

    Thanks, Julie! She most certainly is!

    Thanks, EmptyNester! It was chilly and raining, so she was all puffed up to keep warm.

    Thanks, JM!

    Thanks, NatureFootstep! It's a shame that you missed it in Costa Rica -- they are remarkably beautiful birds. (Hard to keep in front of the lens though!)

    Thanks, Jean-Michel!

    Thanks, Frank!