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Cute as a button by Riphath Cute as a button by Riphath
This is Luke, a American Kestrel at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.

The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), sometimes colloquially known as the Sparrow Hawk, is a small falcon, and the only kestrel found in the Americas. It is the most common falcon in North America, and is found in a wide variety of habitats. At 19–21 centimeters (7–8 in) long, it is also the smallest falcon in North America. It exhibits sexual dimorphism in size and plumage, although both sexes have a rufous back with noticeable barring. Juveniles are similar in plumage to adults.The American Kestrel hunts by hovering in the air with rapid wing beats or perching and scanning the ground for prey. Its diet typically consists of grasshoppers, lizards, mice, and other small birds. It nests in cavities in trees, cliffs, buildings, and other structures. The female lays three to seven eggs, which both sexes help to incubate. It is a common bird to be used in falconry, especially by beginners.Its breeding range extends from central and western Alaska across northern Canada to Nova Scotia, and south throughout North America, into central Mexico and the Caribbean. It is a local breeder in Central America and is widely distributed throughout South America. Most birds breeding in Canada and the northern United States migrate south in the winter. It is an occasional vagrant to western Europe.(via Wikipedia)

Buy a print or a download and all the money I see goes to the Raptor Center for the care of the brids.

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:iconkfwisely:
KFWisely Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thoughts before seeing title "Oh my goodness! That baby American Kestrel is so cute!" After "Oh good, and the photographer knew it. :) "

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Riphath Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
LoL... Thanks! =D
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:iconkfwisely:
KFWisely Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconraincloudrust:
raincloudrust Oct 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
My most favorite bird!
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Riphath Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I like them too... this little guy in particular. He was hand reared and imprinted, raises the desire in me to try falconeering when I see him and he is so happy to come to a human and be around them.
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raincloudrust Oct 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've wanted to try falconeering since I was a child. The one you have an image of looks magnificent!
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:iconlisebujold:
LiseBujold May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute! speechless!
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:iconriphath:
Riphath May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He is a character. :)
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bloodawni Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous, and thank you for what you do for birds! :heart:
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:iconriphath:
Riphath Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You! :)
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