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

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.


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

A female Kestrel went hunting over the adjacent field.


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




Ref: 20110331_df1_20110227_1017_158-161 kestrel female in flight at 7 fps 1-4 of 4 (arbitrary montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 19 Oct 2010 at 10:55    Image of day on 16 Dec 2010

The new female kestrel taking a look at the landlords.


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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2010 at 11:22    Image of day on 22 Apr 2010

A pair of kestrels mostly hunt in adjacent areas with a boundary roughly to our North and South of our patch. But they spent some time hunting together without conflict in an overlapping area around our patch giving us the chance to take this flyover of the female who usually stays to the North..


Ref: 20100422_df1_20100313_1122_263-5 kestrel female in flight looking at camera 1-3 of 3 (artistic montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 07 Mar 2016 at 06:59    Image of day on 06 Apr 2016

The female Kestrel was out early hunting, gradually moving east away from us in her usual hunting pattern whether she can see us or not.
The gold colour is from early morning sunshine.


Ref: 20160406_df3_20160307_0659_117-120 kestrel female in flight soon after sunrise 1-4 of 4 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 11 Sep 2007 at 18:36    Image of day on 14 Oct 2007

We were surprised by one visit by a kestrel (see 28 Feb 2007) and now we have another. This site is more enclosed and the bird seems to be flying from a clearing where we felled a falling tree a few weeks ago & had a load of Blackthorn removed by local RSPB volunteers. We think the claw contains a piece of rabbit rather than a whole rodent.


Ref: 20071014_d35_20070911_1836_008 fb2 kestrel female in flight with piece of rabbit (q) prey (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 23 Jun 2015 at 14:49    Image of day on 24 Aug 2015

This female Kestrel has returned after a few weeks absence - we do hope she is hunting for what should be half-grown youngster(s) in the nest. We often see her on these power system crossbars, and here she is flying up from the rear. The sequence is accurate except for moving the landed bird left by about 1 bird width.


Ref: 20150824_df3_20150623_1449_153-159 kestrel female landing on 11kv crossbar 1-3+5+7 of 8 (accurate montage with landed bird shifted)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 18 Jan 2011 at 12:14    Image of day on 09 Mar 2011

She left the post, perched in a few trees and returned and we were ready to catch the moment of arrival.


Ref: 20110309_d01_20110118_1214_047+048+050 kestrel female landing on concrete mains cables post 1+2+4 of 8 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 29 Nov 2013 at 09:54    Image of day on 17 Jan 2014

The current local female Kestrel seems to tolerate us a little better than average (i.e. doesn't fly off at a sighting hundreds of metres away!). We were watching her on the 11kV overhead cables and she unexpectedly flew down to the hedge immediately below and spent a couple of minutes staring at the ground and momentarily, us. The bird was on a substantial chamfer on the hedge top (cut this way to stop snow build-up breaking the branches) and we have maintained the angle in this montage.


Ref: 20140117_a77_20131129_0954_016+029+022+023 kestrel female moved from overhead 11kv cables to hunt from hedge (selected) 1+5+3+4 of 5 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 19 Nov 2008 at 12:13    Image of day on 05 Dec 2008

This Kestrel went down in the grass and lost site of it. When it took off and we picked it up in the camera just as it was pulling a piece of the prey from it's talon. The pictures are sequenced top right to bottom left. In the last it still has some left in its talon, and it went on to eat that a few second later.


Ref: 20081205_dc1_20081119_1213_244+246+248 kestrel female taking food from talon in flight montage 1+3+4 of 5(r+mb id@1002).jpg


Image Taken on 03 Aug 2016 at 16:17    Image of day on 19 Sep 2016

Taking off after an unsuccessful dive to the fallow field, back in the air our female Kestrel twists in the air to change direction - well she might not have liked the look of the photographer. This is about 1 second of flight only slightly spread horizontally on the right to avoid overlaps.


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Image Taken on 05 Oct 2011 at 16:00    Image of day on 21 Nov 2011

A passing swoop into the wind of the female Kestrel on an overcast afternoon accurately montaged so you have a bit short of 1 second of flight here.


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

A lovely surprise was 2 female kestrels flying overhead within the same minute - first a 'normal' and secondly our 'blonde' bird. We have montaged two similar aerial positions together to show the different colouring.


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Image Taken on 18 Oct 2009 at 14:50    Image of day on 27 Nov 2009

A Kestrel flyby - we definitely felt 'watched'. Artistic layout only - just an 'impression'.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2008 at 16:10    Image of day on 01 Jul 2008

The male Kestrel had a leg injury and was struggling a bit, but now seems to be back to his old health.


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