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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 24

Image Taken on 20 Apr 2007 at 17:54    Image of day on 09 May 2007

In the evening sun a Kestrel swooped and hovered over our patch for a few minutes, the sun for once lighting the underside. Here is one while it was hovering - we didn't see it catch anything.


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Image Taken on 13 Dec 2009 at 10:59    Image of day on 18 Jan 2010

Despite the difficult lighting, this kestrel hovering in a strong wind with wings and claws all over the place had to be included. In this sequence the bird was basically stationary horizontally but gradually losing height relative to a cloud line near the top.


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Image Taken on 01 Mar 2010 at 10:03    Image of day on 30 Mar 2010

A Kestrel hovering always into the wind with some lovely detail of the feathers. 2 images from the same 'hover' shown side by side. They keep their head position amazingly still while the wings, tail and body move all over the place.


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Image Taken on 21 Jun 2009 at 17:44    Image of day on 18 Jul 2009

This kestrel has made repeated visits to one corner of the site, most of the time in drab overcast condition when one enjoys taking the pics (about 600) but only a few are worth keeping.


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Image Taken on 23 Sep 2015 at 11:01    Image of day on 21 Nov 2015

About 400m from us this Kestrel made a characteristic hunting hover, dropping down in stages on some hapless prey. We never saw what happened once below the hedge.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 13:35    Image of day on 24 Jul 2010

The male kestrel doesn't normally put on a good show when we are about, but was very intent on a hunt. He hovered for several minutes over the pasture.


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Image Taken on 02 Nov 2011 at 13:27    Image of day on 17 Dec 2011

The previous day he had obliged with a bit of hovering. This is a selection of 3 images from 31 as he spotted something and dived out of camera frame and then out of sight.


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Image Taken on 26 Oct 2015 at 12:29    Image of day on 17 Dec 2015

A Kestrel hovering above a hedge but not catching anything before wandering off to the east. The bird was stationary in the air and the images are spread out downwards


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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2008 at 08:30    Image of day on 18 Nov 2008

On Thursday at 06:50 with it barely light we saw from the car a Kestrel hunting over the local road. It flew off as we slowed down & don't know which sex. But on Friday a bright start tempted us out with the camera (until the rising wind at near freezing drove us in) and this female kestrel obliged with a flyby obviously giving us a number of suspicious glances.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2008 at 13:00    Image of day on 28 May 2008

The male kestrel is about this area a number of times each day at the moment.


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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2007 at 13:50    Image of day on 23 Nov 2007

Not the female kestrel this time (possibly a juvenile male) spent quite a while hovering into the wind over some of our rough grass. The wind/sun directions were hopeless for good photos, but it did do a few sweeps round offering this opportunity.


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Image Taken on 05 Mar 2010 at 12:32    Image of day on 08 Apr 2010

Just for the joy of showing three Kestrel pics in one go.


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Image Taken on 13 Oct 2016 at 12:01    Image of day on 24 Nov 2016

A short fly-by by a Kestrel. This bland sky is this time featureless cloud preventing accurate spacing


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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2010 at 16:12    Image of day on 24 Nov 2010

A portrait of our new local female Kestrel flying along in the distance.


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Image Taken on 21 Feb 2015 at 15:12    Image of day on 05 Apr 2015

This female Kestrel took off from an 11KV power pole crossbar and flew a series of curves that took her close to us. We captured this sequence over about one third of a second here accurately montaged against clouds (which are out of this montage crop).


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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2010 at 16:12    Image of day on 24 Nov 2010

This is the next 3 images accurately montaged - we are frequently surprised how far a bird in full flight goes 'per flap' once it is in full flight.


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Image Taken on 24 May 2015 at 13:08    Image of day on 26 Jul 2015

After a brief hover this Kestrel flew off to the left just under the height of the wires (accurate montage at7 fps).


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Image Taken on 27 Nov 2008 at 10:51    Image of day on 14 Dec 2008

A Kestrel flew about overhead. No doubt any mice out of their holes bolted to cover.


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Image Taken on 30 Nov 2014 at 12:24    Image of day on 18 Jan 2015

A look at the tail suggests that this is a Juvenile male Kestrel starting to moult into adult colours. He was hovering (into the wind as always - hence the bird's name 'Windhover') to our North West with the sun to the South (it was about mid-day). From about 100 frames we selected the best few and from them constructed this little impression.


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Image Taken on 03 Dec 2014 at 11:06    Image of day on 19 Jan 2015

We first saw this Kestrel high over one of our Black Poplar trees as we walked up the path over the meadow. Judging by the disapproving stare, we had just disturbed his hunt.


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