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

Image Taken on 07 Apr 2020 at 14:50    Image of day on 24 Apr 2020

About 1 second from the end of the first montage her prize is swung forward to eat it, all in half a second, too quick for the eye (our eyes at least) to catch.


Ref: 20200424_df3_20200407_1450_181-184 kestrel female catching insect in talons in flight & eats it 07-10 of 10 (accurate montage @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 11 Jul 2015 at 09:27    Image of day on 13 Sep 2015

This female Kestrel made a nice circle of the house probably using the heat from the dark slates as a mini-thermal.


Ref: 20150913_df3_20150711_0927_132-192 kestrel female circling (selected) 01+03+06+08+11+17+20 of 20 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


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.


Ref: 20191003_df3_20190815_1351_052-054 kestrel female flying between short hovers over harvested crop 1-3 of 3 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 03 Oct 2021 at 13:35    Image of day on 16 Nov 2021

The Kestrel spotted something from the extended hover and makes a controlled but speedy descent out of sight on the other side of the hedge as usual :-(


Ref: 20211116_d72_20211003_1335_142-145 kestrel female flying down after hover @8fps (accurate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


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.


Ref: 20150402_df2_20150218_1048_121-126 kestrel female flying from failed stoop to land in black poplar 1-6 of 6 (accurate montage @5fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


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.


Ref: 20191220_df3_20191110_1015_028-030 kestrel female hovering 1-3 of 3 (vertically separated montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


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 22 Aug 2020 at 14:59    Image of day on 04 Oct 2020

An hour later the female Kestrel surprised us by momentarily hovering about 2m above the back 'garden lawn'. The photographer just pointed the camera and 'fired', and was surprised to find even 2 frames with reasonable pics of the kestrel on it. Long-live Auto-focus!


Ref: 20201004_d73_20200822_1459_243 kestrel female hovering 2 metres high over back garden grass 1 of 2 (crop)(r+mb id@768).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.


Ref: 20190205_df3_20190101_1426_089+087+090 kestrel female hovering 4+2+5 of 6 (vertically spread montage)(r+mb id@432).jpg


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 14 Dec 2020 at 09:35    Image of day on 17 Jan 2021

A bit more detail of the hovering Kestrel.


Ref: 20210117_d73_20201214_0935_072 kestrel female hovering in gusty wind 10 of 12 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 14 Dec 2020 at 09:35    Image of day on 17 Jan 2021

Here hovering in a blustery wind you can see that the female Kestrel's beak tip is motionless against the distant tree despite the movements of her wings and body.


Ref: 20210117_d73_20201214_0935_066-073 kestrel female hovering in gusty wind maintaining head position 04+06+07+11 of 12 (montage)(r+mb id@768).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.


Ref: 20160329_df3_20160225_1243_034+051+064 kestrel female hovering in strong wind (selected) (montage impression)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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 21 Nov 2021 at 10:45    Image of day on 28 Dec 2021

The new Female Kestrel doesn't provide any opportunities for hand-held portraits, but she hunts while hovering much more than 'Grey Feather', so here is one of her near the Bridleway to the north, hovering in front of an 11kV cable. The hover starts at the top and this sequence, with a cable a useful vertical reference, and a tower (cropped out) providing horizontal positioning, shows how well the Kestrel keeps station.
Here is a general view of about 1.3 seconds of action ...


Ref: 20211228_d72_20211121_1045_009-019 kestrel female hovering near 11kv cables 01-11 of 11 (montage 1 @8fps)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 21 Nov 2021 at 10:45    Image of day on 28 Dec 2021

... and here more detail of the bird to see the wings and tail in action.


Ref: 20211228_d72_20211121_1045_009-019 kestrel female hovering near 11kv cables 01-11 of 11 (montage 3 @8fps)(r+mb id@1024).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


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