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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 23

Image Taken on 09 Oct 2008 at 09:44    Image of day on 25 Oct 2008

We are normally pleased to see just one jay fleeing from us, but here 3 flew by some 10's of metres away. The one on the left was not quite so well aligned, so we couldn't resist tweaking his position.

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Image of day on 21 Oct 2010

We have often wondered what happens when the Kestrel and Sparrowhawk happen along together. Well it turns out to be an extended fight - here are 8 time ordered pairs in a chaotic montage, moving from dark blue sky overhead to pale haze lower down but further away. All these are at the same scale.

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Image Taken on 20 Sep 2015 at 12:49    Image of day on 21 Nov 2015

After several attempt this Jackdaw finally sees off the Kestrel. We notice the Kestrel's claw lowering in the last 2 frames, but have no idea why.

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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2009 at 10:42    Image of day on 04 Nov 2009

But the TOP view of the blonde bird is much more striking than the bottom.

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Image Taken on 27 Feb 2011 at 10:17    Image of day on 31 Mar 2011

An un-forecast sunny morning brought out a number of 'old friends' we hadn't seen for many days. This female Kestrel graced the skies for a minute or two and we have montaged 2 fly-bys. Images were taken about 150mS apart but the featureless sky prevents alignment using real spacing so both are 'artistic interpretations' undoubtedly much more closely spaced than they should be.

Ref: 20110331_df1_20110227_1017_124-127 kestrel female banking in flight at 7fps 1-4 of 4 (arbitrary montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 11 Jul 2015 at 09:27    Image of day on 13 Sep 2015

This female Kestrel made a nice circle of the house probably using the heat from the dark slates as a mini-thermal.

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Image Taken on 18 Feb 2015 at 10:48    Image of day on 02 Apr 2015

Finally attacking her target, the female Kestrel never actually touched down. Here is her upward flight from near the ground into the nearby Black Poplar tree where she rested for a minute or two before flying off.

Ref: 20150402_df2_20150218_1048_121-126 kestrel female flying from failed stoop to land in black poplar 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage @5fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 18 Feb 2015 at 10:43    Image of day on 02 Apr 2015

The local female Kestrel spent a couple of days intensively hunting around our patch.
Here are 3 images vertically spread of her hovering. She spent about 5 minutes in a hover near the farm entrance oblivious to the traffic, dropping down in steps over what was obviously a 'beak-watering' prey.

Ref: 20150402_df2_20150218_1043_003+027+028 kestrel female hovering 1-3 of 3 (vertically spread montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 01 Jan 2019 at 14:26    Image of day on 05 Feb 2019

... and rose up for another hunt. All in 2 minutes.

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Image Taken on 01 Jan 2019 at 14:25    Image of day on 05 Feb 2019

... turned (into the wind of course - she is also know as a 'Wind Hover') and Hovered ...

Ref: 20190205_df3_20190101_1425_067-064 kestrel female hovering 4-1 of 4 (montage spread upwards)(r+mb id@432).jpg

Image Taken on 25 Feb 2016 at 12:43    Image of day on 29 Mar 2016

After spending a few minutes hunting from a Black Poplar by the roadside this female Kestrel was hovering to our east facing into biting north wind.

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Image Taken on 08 Oct 2014 at 16:16    Image of day on 16 Dec 2014

Moving between hovers we get a view of the top of this female kestrel's wings

Ref: 20141216_df2_20141008_1616_091 kestrel female hovering over meadow looking about & flying off @5fps (selected) 05 of 33 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 08 Oct 2014 at 16:16    Image of day on 16 Dec 2014

During one hover this female Kestrel's attention gets taken with something we had no sight of off to our left.

Ref: 20141216_df2_20141008_1616_155 kestrel female hovering over meadow looking about & flying off @5fps (selected) 20 of 33 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 08 Oct 2014 at 16:16    Image of day on 16 Dec 2014

We spotted this female Kestrel hunting over our meadow and photographed her through the bars of a security gate - she is intolerant of humans in the open. The end of her third hover, when she flew off to the South.

Ref: 20141216_df2_20141008_1616_182-186 kestrel female hovering over meadow looking about & flying off @5fps (selected) 27-31 of 33 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 18 Feb 2015 at 10:47    Image of day on 02 Apr 2015

Here we caught her hovering for 2 seconds against a distant hedge, and we hope you can see just how still the eye is as the wings, body and tail maneuver around to keep her eyes focussed on the ground.

Ref: 20150402_df2_20150218_1047_097+109+111 kestrel female hovering over road eye motionless for 2 seconds @7fps 01+13+15 of 15 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 03 Aug 2016 at 16:09    Image of day on 19 Sep 2016

From a hover (always awkward to represent in a montage) at the top right the female Kestrel suddenly dropped down to gain speed to fly to a new hunting spot.

Ref: 20160919_df3_20160803_1609_040-048 kestrel female hovering then dropping down to move away 1+3+5+7+9 of 9 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 16 Oct 2008 at 10:54    Image of day on 06 Nov 2008

Harvesting, ploughing and harrowing the in nearby field has attracted the corvids flocks, and the kestrels get a few minutes peace to hunt.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2008 at 13:08    Image of day on 03 Oct 2008

The Kestrels are having a bad time with a flock of a few hundred mixed Corvids in the area, and at the moment rarely manage more than a minute or two hunting before being mobbed.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2008 at 08:16    Image of day on 27 Jul 2008

Kestrels (the birds often seen hovering over motorways) are wonderful to watch whether hovering or not.

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Image Taken on 01 Jan 2019 at 14:25    Image of day on 05 Feb 2019

The first decent sighting of a Kestrel, here a female, for months. She flew past in the distance ...

Ref: 20190205_df3_20190101_1425_054-058 kestrel female in flight 1-5 of 5 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg




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