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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 27

Image Taken on 10 Apr 2020 at 16:12    Image of day on 26 Apr 2020

One of our last few regular sightings for now of the local female Kestrel, landing on the grass for just a moment, presumably to pick up some morsel she has spotted, before flying on. We expect she is now incubating eggs somewhere. The male Kestrel hunts to our north and we can only rarely see him but he is most probably 'hunting for two' at the moment.


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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).


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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 05 Mar 2020 at 11:04    Image of day on 27 Mar 2020

While watching the local female Kestrel for about 25 minutes, we caught this moment when she flew to the mains cable next to the concrete pole, showing a wonderful spread of her feathers before she landed.


Ref: 20200327_d73_20200305_1104_041+046 kestrel female landing on mains wire connectors near concrete post 1+6 of 6 (approx montage)(r+mb id@768).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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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.


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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 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!


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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.


Ref: 20100118_db1_20091213_1059_154-159 kestrel hovering & slowly losing height 04-09 of 10 (vertically accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


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