Readers’ wildlife photos

A short one today: two photos from Stephen Barnard of the American kestrels (Falco sparverius; I now know the name by heart) nesting in a box affixed to his garage, and a beautiful landscape from his digs. I believe this first one is the male Boris, as males have slate-gray wings and females chestnut wings:

The two of them with Natasha on the left. You can see the difference in wing coloration and head ornamentation:

And a lovely Idaho sunset (at least I think it is, as it appears to be a view toward the east):


  1. Posted May 23, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Beautiful Idaho sunrise?

  2. Christopher
    Posted May 23, 2018 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    It occurs to me that one reason kestrels are so appealing is they seem to retain a bit of neoteny. Beautiful baby-faced killers.

  3. Posted May 23, 2018 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Fantastic. I am adding that scene to my collection. Nice kestrels too.

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted May 23, 2018 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Wonderful stuff! I really enjoy these.

  5. Glenda Palmer
    Posted May 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful photos. Thank you.

  6. rickflick
    Posted May 23, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Boris and Natasha are certainly splendid creatures!

  7. grasshopper
    Posted May 23, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    The world is weird. The denizens of the Antipodes stand on their heads. In the North, the sun sets in the east. Will the truth ever dawn?

  8. Mark R.
    Posted May 23, 2018 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Any signs of Kestrel chicks yet?

  9. Posted May 24, 2018 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Oooooo. To all of them. Well done.

  10. Posted May 24, 2018 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Those lovebirds!

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