(I It's a long story, but hey - I chose my Instagram name for a very good reason!) 😀
I've decided to embrace the fact that there are a great number of raptors within the gentrified suburbs where I live. As sometimes who loves viewing and photographing them, I'm going to stop worrying about what they are perched on. I (like many others) love getting a shot of a bird in its natural habitat, but an awful lot of that habitat is being destroyed for the birds so that people can use it. Frankly, what I find most amazing is the adaptability of these birds, and I applaud them for finding new ways of dealing with what must be an age - old problem by now... Many years ago I got a BS in Recreation, in which I attempted to maintain a focus on Outdoor Education. Aside from my internship, that never manifested into a paying job, but it's something that I continue doing every day of my life, nonetheless. Now I most enjoy sharing through my camera lens, and using social media to let everyone know this: if you only stop and look up for a moment, the "outdoor school" is HERE - all around you...please open your eyes and learn about it!
Here is a male #americankestrelthat I have been keeping an eye out for ever since my friends @mustangpatty9 and @bzztyeow came to town for a visit. We were meeting early one morning in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store, and they pointed to the wires above us where a female Kestrel was sitting. I was a bit stunned, because while we have lots of other raptors in the immediate area, the closest Kestrel was over a mile away, near some soccer fields.
I kept on the lookout for it, and finally saw it again - about a block away from where we had seen it that hot July morning. Needless to say, I didn't have my camera with me but hoped that I had found her favorite perching spot.
Yesterday I had my camera, and the morning light showed me what I had been missing all these weeks... This is where the male likes to sit!