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Raptor on Cross Beam, eating an insect.
Lens: Rokinon 650-1300mm Camera: Pentax K-30 Photo Location: Grand Coulee, WA 
Posted By: 45 Mike, 10-25-2016, 12:10 PM

I took many shots of this, (Kestrel?) With my monster lens. A few were worth editing and posting.

What do you think?

Hand held, 800mm f 9.5 manual focus.

And a couple more, maybe not quite so good.

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10-25-2016, 12:57 PM   #2

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That's a kestrel all right. It's great to see such close-up views. One generally thinks of hawks and falcons eating rodents or other birds, but kestrels are so small, hardly bigger than a robin, so any insects they are good at catching could be valuable foods sources. Even foxes and coyotes sometimes eat a lot of grasshoppers in the fall when they are large! Their droppings can be full of grasshopper legs.

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