donderdag 11 december 2014

Falke, mein Falke

American Kestrel / Amerikaanse Torenvalk

Na maanden weer de route gepakt naar de eilandjes in zee. Het Caribische Winterseizoen laat zich kennen in de zee. Ruigere golven beletten ons de laatste oversteek te maken. Met het zicht op shellman's post, blijven we slenteren op het eerste eiland. En daar vond Niels zijn Amerikaanse Torenvalkje: Killy-killy. Plaatjes maken, want zoveel valkjes spotten we hier niet. 

" Falke, mein Falke
du wiedergefundener
Wo führst du mich hin,
du kluger Fogel?"

H. von Hoffmannsthal

11 december 2014

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius caribaearum)

Locally known as the Killy-killy because of its distinctive call, the kestrel is a small falcon that is quite common on St. Martin. Our subspecies is endemic to Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles.

The kestrel feeds primarily on lizards, insects and other small animals and is most often seen on a tall branch, rock, cactus or electric line where it can survey the surrounding are for prey. Once prey is spotted, the bird will swoop down to make the catch, then return to a high perch to eat it. In some areas, kestrels may also be seen using air currents to hover over the ground in search of food.

The male and female kestrel are slightly different in appear- ance.The upperside of the male’s wings are blue-gray, while the female’s are brown like her back.

The kestrel is a full-time, breeding resident on the island. They are seen regularly in urban areas, and seem relatively comfortable with the presence of humans, unlike the other birds of prey on the island.

Bron: The incomplete Guide of Wildlife of Saint Martin By Mark Yokoyama

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