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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 25

Image Taken on 24 Jul 2011 at 09:08    Image of day on 08 Sep 2011

In the morning around 9 a.m. our moulting juvenile male Kestrel caught a rodent somewhere and flew right by us with it. We expected him to vanish into the distance, but the just moled field had a half metre high lump of clay about 50m from us which it landed on, battled a bit with the prey, and finally ate it. Here is our impression.


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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:10    Image of day on 19 Jun 2015

A closer look at the start of the montage.


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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:10    Image of day on 19 Jun 2015

A closer look at the end of the montage.


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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:10    Image of day on 19 Jun 2015

After a week of two with hardly a sighting of a Kestrel, we had one 8 minute frenzy with at least 2 Kestrels to North and South.
We first spotted this kestrel on the crossbar of the power poles leaning forward in expectation. It suddenly launched downwards and left to start hovering much near the ground. Here is a distant view of the whole swoop down and slowing to hover before the bird vanished behind trees.


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Image Taken on 27 Mar 2008 at 09:50    Image of day on 15 Apr 2008

A dogfight of several minutes between a male kestrel (a female kestrel staying with the two but at a 'safe' distance) took place too high for first class images, but this will give you an idea of the action. This is not a 'line-of-sight' effect - the adjacent frame taken a fraction of a second before has the rook's beak overlapping the kestrel - here the kestrel's wing overlaps the rook.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2014 at 15:58    Image of day on 26 Jul 2014

Our first close view of a Kestrel for weeks turns out to be an immaculate male having a serious hunt over our patch and the surrounding fields where not planted with Oil-seed rape.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2014 at 15:58    Image of day on 26 Jul 2014

The male Kestrel skimmed fast over the treetops - less than second of flight here.


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Image Taken on 02 Dec 2012 at 12:19    Image of day on 02 Jan 2013

He took up hovering over a hedge to the South and worked his way further south and vanished over the slope.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2008 at 07:52    Image of day on 11 Jun 2008

Male Kestrel Hovering in the breeze.


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Image Taken on 13 May 2012 at 12:32    Image of day on 10 Jun 2012

The Kestrel male with lightly striped tail is being forced to do rather more hovering than in the past because the adjacent farm has had many overhead wires removed. These 2 images are 150mS apart and originally at the same place in the sky.


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Image Taken on 26 Apr 2017 at 10:49    Image of day on 18 Jun 2017

The male Kestrel's hunt, hovering into the wind, was swiftly ended by the arrival of 2 Rooks


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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2008 at 11:18    Image of day on 23 Apr 2008

There are 41 more of these and we haven't got the time at the moment to do more than label and store them against future effort. It was the classic hover, down-a-bit, hover, down-a-bit several times, pounce on the ground, eat it, and fly away. Never saw what was caught. Goes nicely as precursor to Kestrel Catching & eating Weasel as an illustration of his technique although he went straight down off the wires onto the weasel.


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Image Taken on 04 Feb 2009 at 10:41    Image of day on 20 Feb 2009

Kestrel watched intermittently hunting over the snowy fields. We didn't see this one catch anything but it was out of view quite a lot of the time.


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Image Taken on 12 Nov 2013 at 12:20    Image of day on 28 Dec 2013

This is probably the same male Kestrel 2 days earlier when it swooped by us twice. On this swoop obviously giving US a close look!


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Image Taken on 25 Apr 2011 at 12:54    Image of day on 23 May 2011

And this next day.


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Image Taken on 10 Apr 2011 at 12:53    Image of day on 10 May 2011

A male kestrel has been hunting out of camera range but did a nice flyby to confirm how beautiful has was ...


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Image Taken on 30 May 2009 at 14:51    Image of day on 25 Jun 2009

The Raptors are suddenly back. We have seen both male and female kestrels in the sky at the same time, and hope this is because there are chicks to feed. This male was spending an inordinate amount of time hanging in the strong breeze (sometimes unusually high up) surveying the scene including giving the photographer some quizzical looks.


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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2008 at 15:59    Image of day on 14 Jul 2008

Nice image of kestrel.


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Image Taken on 12 May 2008 at 10:04    Image of day on 24 May 2008

The male Kestrel did this lovely flyby, but then proceeded to hover against the sun.


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Image Taken on 24 Apr 2011 at 09:37    Image of day on 23 May 2011

The male kestrel has been flying over our patch low enough for a few images.


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