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American Kestrels

American Kestrels
Christopher Ciccone
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An adult female American Kestrel delivers a colorful Apple Spinx Moth caterpillar to the last chick in the nest. Its sibling had all fledged earlier in the day and were all perched nearby also calling for food.
Date Taken
July 19, 2014
Gloucester, Massachusetts
I'd been told about this nest on a private property by a friend and I had just arrived and started setting up, when I heard the chick calling and saw the mother coming in fast. I shot a burst of images that contained this shot - the image before it showed only the chick popping out of the hole and the image after was just had the tail of the adult as she flew away to get food for the other chicks that had already fledged the nest. Photo was taken from a safe distance with Canon 1d MarkIV and a Canon 800mm f5.6 lens