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

Image Taken on 10 Oct 2015 at 16:07    Image of day on 07 Dec 2015

A fully mature male Kestrel spent several minutes hunting from the 11KV power lines along the bridleway to the north. Here the bird stooped onto some unfortunate creature we couldn't see by the edge of the farm road.

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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2015 at 16:08    Image of day on 07 Dec 2015

A detail from the above showing the 'classic' plumage of the male Kestrel just like it looks in the ID books!

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2016 at 15:29    Image of day on 18 Aug 2016

The Kestrel made a sweep over the 11kV power lines in a strong wind. This is an accurate montage over just under 2 seconds.
Read this action from bottom to top.

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Image Taken on 21 May 2014 at 16:05    Image of day on 27 Jul 2014

Over a distant pasture this male Kestrel's hover (top bird) suddenly became an accelerating drop to the ground. The drop of the hovering bird was picked up after about half a second. The drop lasted only about 1.5 seconds. He disappeared into the long grass.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 13:36    Image of day on 24 Jul 2010

He suddenly stoops, ripping through the air and disappearing straight into the long grass where we saw nothing & missed his takeoff!

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Image Taken on 02 Dec 2012 at 12:17    Image of day on 02 Jan 2013

Kestrel sightings are unusual at the moment. We sometimes see a male on the 11kV wires to the North, but it usually goes west from there. We saw this one make a landing as he worked his way down the wire.

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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2015 at 16:08    Image of day on 07 Dec 2015

The Kestrel returned to the high voltage cables for another hunt.

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Image Taken on 03 Dec 2019 at 11:03    Image of day on 07 Jan 2020

The male Kestrel disappeared from site and we wandered home, only to find him perched on one of the 11kV cables near our house. We watched each other for a couple of minutes before he took off.

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2016 at 15:29    Image of day on 18 Aug 2016

This is another accurate montage of the male Kestrel's flight, but this time leaving out the even numbered frames to avoid the image getting too crowded. So just over 2 seconds of flight here.

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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2010 at 16:20    Image of day on 30 Nov 2010

Continuing from the previous dive down, we lost her in the grass but picked her up flying nearly straight at the camera with some small morsel in her left claw (right as viewed). We have had to spread the images left to right as they hopelessly overlapped if montaged in their proper places. The hunt, dive and this takeoff all taken within the same exciting minute!

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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2007 at 15:43    Image of day on 09 Sep 2007

Two kestrels in flight together (NOT a montage). Neither is an adult male, and according to the books juveniles and females are difficult to tell apart. From the behaviour our guess this is mother and her offspring.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:16    Image of day on 21 Jun 2015

"I want your catch!"
Arriving at our South boundary we immediately spotted 2 distant Kestrels swooping around each other at high speed. The bird behind was shrieking at the bird in front, who we only later discovered was carrying a rodent clutched in it's claws pulled tightly to the bird's body.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:18    Image of day on 21 Jun 2015

The chasing bird eventually gave up the chase, and the other flew our way which gave us the chance of a image showing the bird and prey more clearly, even if against the bright sky towards the sun.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2018 at 12:17    Image of day on 02 Nov 2018

The Red Kite flying into a headwind, flapping rather than a relaxed glide.

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Image Taken on 26 Dec 2016 at 10:17    Image of day on 03 Feb 2017

A few birds in a flock of about 50 lapwing.

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Image Taken on 27 Dec 2016 at 12:49    Image of day on 03 Feb 2017

We slogged though the mud around the farm perimeter for a better view, but before they came into view they flew back past us.

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Image Taken on 02 Jan 2019 at 08:54    Image of day on 04 Feb 2019

One of the delights of the winter is flocks of Lapwing (also known mainly outside the UK as a Peewit or Green Plover) sweeping about in the sky changing from dark birds to flickering white as they sweep back and forth, the change often sweeping through the flock in a wave as here. These 4 images taken within a few seconds.

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Image Taken on 08 Feb 2009 at 11:01    Image of day on 06 Mar 2009

About 200 sheep feeding in the adjacent field have attracted Lapwing. Here one of the flocks flying overhead

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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2008 at 17:36    Image of day on 19 Jul 2008

The lapwing and heron flew over the middle of our patch 5 minutes apart, and these were taken from just outside the back of the house. Lapwings are not often seen here, Herons are.

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Image Taken on 11 Feb 2012 at 12:50    Image of day on 10 Mar 2012

A 'Closer' view of a Lapwing in flight.

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