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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 31

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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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 15 Aug 2022 at 06:50    Image of day on 26 Sep 2022

This nervous female Kestrel doesn't like us walking down the Farm Road 50m away, and flies 100m from the nearer pole to the next one along.

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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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