Location & Date: Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 200-400 @ 400mm w/ 1.4 TC
Shutter Speed: 1/800th
As frequent readers know, I’m not really one to spend time camped out for a bird photograph. It usually means missing a bear, which I’ll take any day of the week over almost any species of bird (owls excluded). But in the summer of 2015, a kestrel nest near the road in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley was too good to pass up. Why? Because almost like clockwork, the parents would swoop in to feed their four fledglings – one of whom was so big that it became known as Baby Huey – setting up any wildlife photographers’ favourite situation: predictable action! Though many other photographers put in way more time and captured significantly better images, I was extremely happy to walk away with this shot of North America’s smallest falcon.