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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 30

Image Taken on 27 Oct 2021 at 07:59    Image of day on 07 Dec 2021

One of the female Kestrels lands on the Meadow post in a seriously gloomy morning.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2021 at 13:37    Image of day on 01 Aug 2021

The females Kestrel arrived on the meadow post with a Hawker Dragonfly in her beak - a unique event in our records. The Dragonfly species is clearly identifiable from the pic - a female Brown Hawker Dragonfly.
One could object to the Kestrel killing this beautiful creature, but the Dragonfly itself feeds purely by hunting, and so on down the food chain.
Although Owls carry prey items in their beaks, we had assumed that Kestrels always carried prey in their talons. Maybe the Kestrel found the Dragonfly sunbathing on the post and snatched it with the beak. But is so light (less than 1 gram) and she could also easily fly with it.
We tabulated weights of some insects over a decade ago - see Weights of Insects



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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2021 at 10:57    Image of day on 31 Jul 2021

Mid morning next day she similarly arrives with a smaller Rodent, but for whatever reason leaves without obviously eating it 'on the spot'.


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Image Taken on 03 Oct 2021 at 13:33    Image of day on 16 Nov 2021

3 moments from an extended hover by this female Kestrel on the far side of the hedge across from the front door.


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Image Taken on 29 Nov 2013 at 09:54    Image of day on 17 Jan 2014

The current local female Kestrel seems to tolerate us a little better than average (i.e. doesn't fly off at a sighting hundreds of metres away!). We were watching her on the 11kV overhead cables and she unexpectedly flew down to the hedge immediately below and spent a couple of minutes staring at the ground and momentarily, us. The bird was on a substantial chamfer on the hedge top (cut this way to stop snow build-up breaking the branches) and we have maintained the angle in this montage.


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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2021 at 14:44    Image of day on 17 Feb 2021

Next morning we discovered that the female Kestrel had a few minutes earlier flown over the Kitchen Window Perch (left image below) and a few minutes later landed on the perch (right image below) presumably to hunt over the rough grass below.
So this montage isn't what it looks like!


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Image Taken on 19 Dec 2020 at 13:24    Image of day on 23 Jan 2021

She flew straight from the cables towards the house ...


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

The female Kestrel takes off after a feed - climbing straight up into the sky for a hover facing into the wind.


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

The female Kestrel continues here ascent. Top bird above is immediately below the bottom bird below.


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Image Taken on 19 Nov 2008 at 12:13    Image of day on 05 Dec 2008

This Kestrel went down in the grass and lost site of it. When it took off and we picked it up in the camera just as it was pulling a piece of the prey from it's talon. The pictures are sequenced top right to bottom left. In the last it still has some left in its talon, and it went on to eat that a few second later.


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Image Taken on 03 Aug 2016 at 16:17    Image of day on 19 Sep 2016

Taking off after an unsuccessful dive to the fallow field, back in the air our female Kestrel twists in the air to change direction - well she might not have liked the look of the photographer. This is about 1 second of flight only slightly spread horizontally on the right to avoid overlaps.


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Image Taken on 05 Oct 2011 at 16:00    Image of day on 21 Nov 2011

A passing swoop into the wind of the female Kestrel on an overcast afternoon accurately montaged so you have a bit short of 1 second of flight here.


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Image Taken on 14 Dec 2020 at 12:49    Image of day on 20 Jan 2021

A good view of the feathers on our female Kestrel.


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Image Taken on 03 Feb 2020 at 16:56    Image of day on 01 Mar 2020

In the above montage, and more clearly here, you can see that this female has a single Grey tail feather to the left - a tail with the female markings but male colour.
Gender just isn't simple is it!


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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2009 at 10:42    Image of day on 04 Nov 2009

A lovely surprise was 2 female kestrels flying overhead within the same minute - first a 'normal' and secondly our 'blonde' bird. We have montaged two similar aerial positions together to show the different colouring.


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Image Taken on 18 Oct 2009 at 14:50    Image of day on 27 Nov 2009

A Kestrel flyby - we definitely felt 'watched'. Artistic layout only - just an 'impression'.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2008 at 16:10    Image of day on 01 Jul 2008

The male Kestrel had a leg injury and was struggling a bit, but now seems to be back to his old health.


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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2007 at 17:54    Image of day on 09 May 2007

In the evening sun a Kestrel swooped and hovered over our patch for a few minutes, the sun for once lighting the underside. Here is one while it was hovering - we didn't see it catch anything.


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Image Taken on 13 Dec 2009 at 10:59    Image of day on 18 Jan 2010

Despite the difficult lighting, this kestrel hovering in a strong wind with wings and claws all over the place had to be included. In this sequence the bird was basically stationary horizontally but gradually losing height relative to a cloud line near the top.


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Image Taken on 01 Mar 2010 at 10:03    Image of day on 30 Mar 2010

A Kestrel hovering always into the wind with some lovely detail of the feathers. 2 images from the same 'hover' shown side by side. They keep their head position amazingly still while the wings, tail and body move all over the place.


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