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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 26
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.
Ref: 20101216_df1_20101019_1055_091 kestrel female in flight looking at camera (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
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 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, ...
Ref: 20190205_df3_20190101_1425_072 kestrel female landing after hover(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 07 Feb 2020
at 15:26 Image of day on 03 Mar 2020
The female Kestrel has been a regular sighting for a few weeks.
Despite being only 20m away from us she landed on this crossbar.
Enjoy her shadows moving up the post (accurately montaged along with the bird).
Ref: 20200303_df3_20200207_1526_061-072 kestrel female landing on 11kv crossbar 03-05+07+11+14 of 14 (approx montage)(r+mb id@1024).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 25 Oct 2019
at 18:07 Image of day on 11 Dec 2019
A local female kestrel lands on the Meadow post in the gathering gloom of evening.
Ref: 20191211_d01_20191025_1807_017_fb6 kestrel female landing on meadow post 1 of 2 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 03 Oct 2019
at 13:27 Image of day on 23 Nov 2019
The local female Kestrel has been gracing our patch.
Ref: 20191123_d01_20191003_1327_009_fb6 kestrel female landing on meadow post 1 of 2 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 21 Sep 2019
at 15:19 Image of day on 13 Nov 2019
The female Kestrel flew to the Meadow post.
What a fantastic bird!
Ref: 20191113_d01_20190921_1519_109_fb6 kestrel female landing on meadow post 1 of 2 (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 20 Nov 2019
at 13:06 Image of day on 23 Dec 2019
The female Kestrel makes another brief visit to the meadow post.
Ref: 20191223_d01_20191120_1306_057+058_fb6 kestrel female landing on meadow post 1+2 of 2 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 21 Sep 2019
at 15:19 Image of day on 13 Nov 2019
A third of a second after the previous frame the female Kestrel is already
poised on the top of the post.
Ref: 20191113_d01_20190921_1519_110_fb6 kestrel female landing on meadow post 2 of 2 (crop)(r+mb id@576).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.
Ref: 20160919_df3_20160803_1617_098-103 kestrel female turning in flight 1-6 of 6 (slightly spread montage @ 6fps)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20111121_df1_20111005_1600_009-013 kestrel female turning in flight then diving behind trees 09-13 of 15 (accurate montage at 7fps)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 03 Feb 2020
at 16:56 Image of day on 01 Mar 2020
In the above montage, and more clearly here, you can see that this female has
a single Grey tail feather to the left - a tail with the female markings but male colour.
Gender just isn't simple is it!
Ref: 20200301_d01_20200203_1656_027_fb6 kestrel female with single grey tail feather landing back to camera on meadow post(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
Ref: 20091104_db1_20091002_1042_154+173 kestrel females (normal and blonde) flyover (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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