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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 28

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.

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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.

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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.

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Image Taken on 15 Nov 2020 at 10:21    Image of day on 21 Dec 2020

Every week or two the local female kestrel spends a day or two hunting around our patch. We don't see any regular pattern to where she hunts and preens though she has her favourite haunts. This time she is first spotted on the mains cables supplying the house.

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Image Taken on 15 Nov 2020 at 10:28    Image of day on 21 Dec 2020

The female Kestrel hasn't moved from the above pic, but the cameraman moved to the other side of the wire for a less back-lit image.

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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2020 at 16:18    Image of day on 25 Apr 2020

Next day, the same female Kestrel was again hunting insects in flight. The dot below the Talons of the top bird is the insect, in a claw by the next frame and being brought forward to the beak in the bottom image.
We photographed about 5 instances on this day, but could only find a convincing insect in this one.

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Image Taken on 28 Nov 2021 at 12:28    Image of day on 03 Jan 2022

We believe that the original human-tolerant female Kestrel is back. Here she flies quite close to us to land in a tree on the island in the main pond, where she stopped for a hunt. We were both already quite close when she landed for a hunt.

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Image Taken on 25 Sep 2020 at 08:52    Image of day on 09 Nov 2020

The female Kestrel flies from the footrest on the disused Telephone pole low over the ground and out of sight.

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

The local female Kestrel spent most of the day hunting over 1000 square metres of farm margin saturated grass. Read this flight from right to left - the leftmost bird is folding her wings making her look suddenly smaller.

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Image Taken on 14 Dec 2020 at 09:39    Image of day on 18 Jan 2021

What a beautiful creature

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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.

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Image Taken on 27 Feb 2011 at 10:17    Image of day on 31 Mar 2011

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Image Taken on 13 Feb 2021 at 12:47    Image of day on 15 Mar 2021

A Gale blowing from the left allows our local female Kestrel to rise from her perch with barely a flap of the wings. Accurately montaged over 1 second.

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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.

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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..

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2021 at 13:34    Image of day on 27 Oct 2021

Another moment from the local female Kestrel's flight

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