A lively pair of American Kestrels, North Americas smallest falcons, I got to watch for a couple hours as they darted about the prairie grounds together feeding and apparently flirting. This perch seemed to be their go-to spot after each flight and although quite a distant video it did provide the best clips of them I have ever gotten. Usually found on posts and telephone wires, it was great to finally find them on some natural perches. Throughout the evening I also got to witness their notorious stashing behavior as the male Kestrel landed briefly on the top of a nearby tree and returned to the perch with a mouse in hand. Kestrels are known to hide surplus food in tree limbs to save the kills for later or hide it from other predators (allaboutbirds)

Enjoy,

 

American Kestrel Pair Mating

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