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Tim Emmerzaal

American Kestrel eating mid flight?

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Saw this American Kestrel flying over this morning. When looking at it on the PC I noticed that it had a prey in its claw and it also looks like it was eating it mid flight. I am just curious, but is this a common behavior of this species and other predator birds? Or am I seeing this wrong and he is just looking at it?

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I can’t say for sure, but I have seen merlins eat butterflies and dragonflies mid flight. 

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I've seen small raptors such as kites eating insects in flight. Pretty sure that's what your kestrel was doing.

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