As a photographer, capturing birds in their natural habitat never loses its excitement. Just a few days ago, I had the privilege of getting some shots of an American Kestrel sitting on a branch.

Yesterday, I shared a photo of an American Kestrel perched high up in a tree from the back view. Today, I am delighted to share a front view of the same beautiful bird. This shot was taken at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma and it truly showcases the beauty of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

American Kestrel On Dead Limb

American Kestrel On Dead Limb

The American Kestrel is a charming little species of falcon, native to the Americas. Its unique appearance with a reddish-brown back and wings, and a striking blue-gray tail, makes it a stand-out among other birds. You can frequently spot these lovely creatures perched on telephone poles, fence posts, or tree limbs, making them a great subject for any photography enthusiast. Their distinctive looks and tendency to perch in accessible places make them a joy to photograph and appreciate.

As soon as I arrived at the spot where American Kestrels were commonly seen, I noticed one perched on a tree branch. I immediately brought my camera to my eye and began photographing it.

If you’re a Wildlife Photographer, I highly recommend adding the American Kestrel to your list of subjects to capture – you won’t be disappointed!

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: December 21, 2022 (11:09 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250
  • ISO: 250 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: +1/3 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm