Reader’s wildlife photos (and video)

Stephen Barnard continues to document the lives of the two American kestrels (Falco sparverius), named Boris and Natasha,  who are nesting in a raptor cottage Stephen affixed to his garage. His descriptions are indented.

Here’s the male (the female is Natasha):

Boris taking off.

Also, here’s the video from which I took and cropped the frame—50% slow motion.

Also from a video; look at the beautiful tail pattern!

Natasha. I’m pretty sure they’re still incubating eggs. I’ve been observing them coming and going (with the remote camera) for hours, and I never see them bringing prey into the nest box.


  1. Posted May 3, 2018 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    WoW! Beautiful shots! These falcons, well adapted to urban environment are so interesting. I once was trying to photograph a couple nesting in the cornice of a 5 story building. On the sidewalk across the street, while I was looking down and setting the camera, I heard a screech, looked up and the male was charging me, wings and tail expanded, stopping 2 feet from my face. Very impressive territorial display! The bird looked way bigger that it actually is!

  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted May 3, 2018 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Such beautiful animals! I very much appreciate the documentation of their lives.

  3. Posted May 3, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    I would think it is swallowed & regurgitated..

  4. Posted May 3, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    WoW. The colors of the first picture are astounding.

  5. Debbie Coplan
    Posted May 3, 2018 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Thank you for keeping us in the loop on this.
    It’s really exciting to witness.

  6. Posted May 3, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Stephen, lovely stuff. Your videos are fun! So lucky to have those birds nesting in your box!

    I enjoyed hearing all the birds calls in the background. Our back yard is very noisy now too.

  7. Posted May 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Your photos are an absolute delight, Stephen! Thank you.

  8. Posted May 4, 2018 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Lovely kestrels!

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