I was heading to the clump of trees where I last saw the kestrel when I saw it dive into the grass again. Next thing I knew it was flying out of the grass towards me and I got this one shot before it flew over my head and disappeared behind a hill. When I reviewed my photos I discovered it had caught a mouse in the grass, you can see it in its left talons. You can also see those muscular thighs that help it catch prey.
Female American Kestrel (Falco sparverius )