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

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 14 Dec 2020 at 09:56    Image of day on 19 Jan 2021

Once at sufficient height she flew to another tree branch for the next hunt.

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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 11 Oct 2020 at 07:49    Image of day on 21 Nov 2020

Read this sequence right to left as the camera caught the landing of the female Kestrel on the 11kV cable. You see here about 1 second of action.

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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 14 Dec 2020 at 12:46    Image of day on 20 Jan 2021

... but she made it after a second or two.

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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.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2021 at 14:41    Image of day on 07 Dec 2021

2 days later this female Kestrel chooses a fine afternoon to land on the same post.

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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 09 Oct 2021 at 12:15    Image of day on 21 Nov 2021

This immaculate female Kestrel make an elegant landing on the Meadow post. This is NOT our regular moderately human tolerant bird but another female with a 'perfect' tail.

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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 12 Oct 2021 at 12:13    Image of day on 24 Nov 2021

... and another visit 4 hours later.

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