American Kestrel at the Milwaukee Lakefront on November 30, 2016

Birding along Milwaukee’s lakefront this morning, the highlight was an adult male American Kestrel coming in for a landing to a tree. The rest of the lakefront was very quiet with only a few winter ducks. The King Eider was still being seen off of Northpoint but very far out.

American Kestrel coming in for a landing

American Kestrel coming in for a landing

American Kestrel

Binomial name: Falco sparverius

Category: Caracaras and Falcons

Size: 9” long, 22” wing span

Weight: 4.1 oz

Cool facts: I’ve also heard it called a sparrow hawk

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It did not hang around!

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

4 Responses to American Kestrel at the Milwaukee Lakefront on November 30, 2016

  1. Annie says:

    Wow, Jim, those are some really awesome pictures . So vividly clear. They are our favorite falcon. Thanks for making my day.

  2. Tami says:

    Simply beautiful. 🙂

  3. Janet Eschenbauch says:

    Facebook page with our kestrel research. Central Wisconsin kestrel research. A ways searching for new kestrel photos to use. Could we possibly use your photos if we gave you credit?

  4. Elaine Swanson says:

    What a handsome predator – colorations beautiful, body and wings so delicate. If you hadn’t captured him w/your camera, Jim, all those exquisite feather markings would remain unseen. I’m giving you credit! Looks like he chose the top of a gingko tree for a quick landing – one of my favorite trees.

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