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Kestrel at Bosque.jpg
09-JAN-2006

Kestrel at Bosque.jpg

Bosque Del Apache NWR, New Mexico

An American Kestrel braces itself against the wind as it perches on a irrigation valve at Bosque Del Apache. Kestrels have expanded their historical territory because they are readily compatible with the man-made world. At Bosque Del Apache water from the Rio Grande River is diverted to provide year-round habitat for the creatures of the preserve. This Kestrel is surveying one of the many ponds that has been created throughout the preserve. Called the "sparrow hawk" because of its sparrow-like appearance, the Kestrel is certainly no sparrow when it comes to hunting.

Nikon D2x ,Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/125s f/8.0 at 650.0mm iso100 w/ 1.7x Nikkor TC full exif

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Cliff23-Nov-2006 21:13
Great photograph. I think the rusty valve the kestrel is resting on really adds a lot of interest to this photo. Nice one & voted.