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

Image Taken on 15 Aug 2019 at 13:51    Image of day on 03 Oct 2019

Here the female Kestrel flies to another hunting hover. We didn't see her drop to the ground before she vanished hundreds of metres away.


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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.


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Image Taken on 29 Dec 2019 at 10:44    Image of day on 30 Jan 2020

The female Kestrel has been hunting intensively over the farm's fields. Here she turns a hover into a dive to the ground, but presumably her prey 'did a runner' and the bird pulls out of her dive.
Unfortunately photographer has already 'lost' her against the hedge and carried on panning downwards to the landing that didn't happen, so losing focus on the bird as she flies away.


Ref: 20200130_df3_20191229_1044_071-084 kestrel female hovering + diving + pulling upward 01-14 of 14 (montage accurate 03-14)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 10 Nov 2019 at 10:15    Image of day on 20 Dec 2019

Several sightings of Kestrels this week have been mostly whoosh and gone. But this bird is intent on a hunt over the sprouting crop.


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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 14 Dec 2019 at 11:08    Image of day on 18 Jan 2020

Next day we watched her hunting over the farm crop. She took up a series of hover positions, as always facing into the wind, but the wind was so strong that she hardly ever flapped her wings, keeping station by endless adjustments of the wing angles, tail position and the Alulae (the wing's 'thumbs'). Wonderful to watch such accomplished flight.


Ref: 20200118_df3_20191214_1108_100+104+106 kestrel female hovering in strong wind without flapping wings 1+5+7 of 7 (offset montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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 15 Aug 2019 at 13:51    Image of day on 03 Oct 2019

This female Kestrel made a sudden appearance, hunting over the recently harvested fields. While in our view she made about 7 hovers, each of only an atypically short 3 or 4 seconds, before sweeping across to another hovering position. Here, vertically stacked top to bottom, is one of the short hovers. As you can see the bird was unusually active in the blustery wind. These 3 taken in less than half a second.


Ref: 20191003_df3_20190815_1351_032+034+035 kestrel female hovers multiple times for a few seconds over harvested field 1-3 of 3 (spread 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 ...


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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.


Ref: 20160919_df3_20160803_1609_014 kestrel female in flight 7 of 9 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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