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Saint Martin Island, Lesser Antilles
West Indies


Make Nikon D2X
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200 mm f/2.8G   at 400 mm
Exposure 1/320 s, f/5.3, ISO 320 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Falconiformes   Family  Falconidae

Deutsch  Buntfalke Dutch  Amerikaanse Torenvalk
Italian  Gheppio americano Spanish  Cernícalo Americano


This beautiful falcon lives in a variety of habitats, but not dense forests or tundras. It eats large insects, mice and small birds but also lizards (as in here), amphibians and scorpions. It is said that its life expectancy in the wild is no more than 2-5 years.


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American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
Crécerelle d'Amérique

Jean-Michel PAULUS