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

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

... dived down onto the crop, didn't seem to catch her prey, ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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