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Guide to Bird Photography

A male American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Did you know that American Kestrels are one of the few raptors that display sexual dimorphism in their plumage? That means you can tell the gender of an American Kestrel just by looking at its feathers!

Hawk Species at Hawk Mountain | Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Raptor Conservation, Education, Observation & Research

Hawk Species at Hawk Mountain | Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Raptor Conservation, Education, Observation & Research

'Mantling' by Sue Edwards.. (Barn Owl) this is common prey behavior for raptors. They do this to hide their prey from others. I have also seen this behavior when chicks are threatened in the nest.EM

Departure, by Pat Gaines, on Flickr. "A captive great horned owl takes flight at the Sonoran Desert Museum raptor free flight show. This is a must stop for any birders in the Tucson area!"

Falcons are medium sized birds of prey found all across the world although falcons tend to prefer the more temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. More