olmail's American Kestrel from the tail view and the look under the wing is great. I got this one the same way. I was set up to look downwind with the sun behind me and this bird had the sun from its left.
I stayed in position and later the kestrel came back on the other side, into the wind:
Clearly I was part of the scenery as far as he was concerned. I think the first pic says more about the effort the bird puts in. Do the balled claws in the next pic convey the same thing?
This is a female, and in the winter in the east of England males are rare to see. The first bird has the blueish head of a male but was the size of a female. Any opinions out there?