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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 32

Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 13:35    Image of day on 24 Jul 2010

The male kestrel doesn't normally put on a good show when we are about, but was very intent on a hunt. He hovered for several minutes over the pasture.

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Image Taken on 02 Nov 2011 at 13:27    Image of day on 17 Dec 2011

The previous day he had obliged with a bit of hovering. This is a selection of 3 images from 31 as he spotted something and dived out of camera frame and then out of sight.

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Image Taken on 26 Oct 2015 at 12:29    Image of day on 17 Dec 2015

A Kestrel hovering above a hedge but not catching anything before wandering off to the east. The bird was stationary in the air and the images are spread out downwards

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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2008 at 08:30    Image of day on 18 Nov 2008

On Thursday at 06:50 with it barely light we saw from the car a Kestrel hunting over the local road. It flew off as we slowed down & don't know which sex. But on Friday a bright start tempted us out with the camera (until the rising wind at near freezing drove us in) and this female kestrel obliged with a flyby obviously giving us a number of suspicious glances.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2008 at 13:00    Image of day on 28 May 2008

The male kestrel is about this area a number of times each day at the moment.

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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2007 at 13:50    Image of day on 23 Nov 2007

Not the female kestrel this time (possibly a juvenile male) spent quite a while hovering into the wind over some of our rough grass. The wind/sun directions were hopeless for good photos, but it did do a few sweeps round offering this opportunity.

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Image Taken on 05 Mar 2010 at 12:32    Image of day on 08 Apr 2010

Just for the joy of showing three Kestrel pics in one go.

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Image Taken on 13 Oct 2016 at 12:01    Image of day on 24 Nov 2016

A short fly-by by a Kestrel. This bland sky is this time featureless cloud preventing accurate spacing

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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2010 at 16:12    Image of day on 24 Nov 2010

A portrait of our new local female Kestrel flying along in the distance.

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Image Taken on 21 Feb 2015 at 15:12    Image of day on 05 Apr 2015

This female Kestrel took off from an 11KV power pole crossbar and flew a series of curves that took her close to us. We captured this sequence over about one third of a second here accurately montaged against clouds (which are out of this montage crop).

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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2010 at 16:12    Image of day on 24 Nov 2010

This is the next 3 images accurately montaged - we are frequently surprised how far a bird in full flight goes 'per flap' once it is in full flight.

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Image Taken on 24 May 2015 at 13:08    Image of day on 26 Jul 2015

After a brief hover this Kestrel flew off to the left just under the height of the wires (accurate montage at7 fps).

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Image Taken on 27 Nov 2008 at 10:51    Image of day on 14 Dec 2008

A Kestrel flew about overhead. No doubt any mice out of their holes bolted to cover.

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Image Taken on 30 Nov 2014 at 12:24    Image of day on 18 Jan 2015

A look at the tail suggests that this is a Juvenile male Kestrel starting to moult into adult colours. He was hovering (into the wind as always - hence the bird's name 'Windhover') to our North West with the sun to the South (it was about mid-day). From about 100 frames we selected the best few and from them constructed this little impression.

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Image Taken on 03 Dec 2014 at 11:06    Image of day on 19 Jan 2015

We first saw this Kestrel high over one of our Black Poplar trees as we walked up the path over the meadow. Judging by the disapproving stare, we had just disturbed his hunt.

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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2011 at 09:08    Image of day on 08 Sep 2011

In the morning around 9 a.m. our moulting juvenile male Kestrel caught a rodent somewhere and flew right by us with it. We expected him to vanish into the distance, but the just moled field had a half metre high lump of clay about 50m from us which it landed on, battled a bit with the prey, and finally ate it. Here is our impression.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:10    Image of day on 19 Jun 2015

A closer look at the start of the montage.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:10    Image of day on 19 Jun 2015

A closer look at the end of the montage.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2015 at 12:10    Image of day on 19 Jun 2015

After a week of two with hardly a sighting of a Kestrel, we had one 8 minute frenzy with at least 2 Kestrels to North and South.
We first spotted this kestrel on the crossbar of the power poles leaning forward in expectation. It suddenly launched downwards and left to start hovering much near the ground. Here is a distant view of the whole swoop down and slowing to hover before the bird vanished behind trees.

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Image Taken on 27 Mar 2008 at 09:50    Image of day on 15 Apr 2008

A dogfight of several minutes between a male kestrel (a female kestrel staying with the two but at a 'safe' distance) took place too high for first class images, but this will give you an idea of the action. This is not a 'line-of-sight' effect - the adjacent frame taken a fraction of a second before has the rook's beak overlapping the kestrel - here the kestrel's wing overlaps the rook.

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