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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 29

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 25 Mar 2022 at 12:03    Image of day on 26 Apr 2022

She flew off as the camera captured this moment of flight.

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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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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 or not.
The gold colour is from early morning sunshine.

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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.

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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2020 at 13:32    Image of day on 16 Jul 2020

Out trusty female Kestrel flies past with some obvious prey in her talons, but with no hope of an ID of the unfortunate creature.

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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, ...

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Image Taken on 31 Jan 2022 at 12:20    Image of day on 05 Mar 2022

The female Kestrel made a brief visit to the Meadow Post.
The half-bird on the left is NOT a Damian Hurst inspired artistic effect!

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