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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A feisty Northern Mockingbird harassing an American Kestral

I heard a great deal of noise in a tree and looking up to see this feisty little Northern Mockingbird trying to scare off an American Kestral. The Mockingbird seemed to puff itself up and spread its wings and tail out to look larger and more threatening. The Kestral turned its back on the Mockingbird and tried to ignore it. In the end, that very persistent Northern Mockingbird successfully drove the American Kestral away!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Plantation, Florida, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Ellen Mee