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Common Kestrel

Observed: 9th December 2012 By: chrisbrooks
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Common Kestrel
Description:

Saw 3 separate birds today in quite a busy area, really nice to see.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) interacts

Comments

Simon Walker's picture

Nice Picture, Chris.

I so often find that when they're perched they manage to put something intrusive between them and me, e.g. an HT cable, or a thich branch... I'm beginning to take it personally. ;-)

Regards

Simon

chrisbrooks's picture

Thanks Simon

I actually got within 10 yards from this bird (step, photo, step, photo etc) and it just looked at me. I actually got within 5 feet of a Skylark today and it just sat and looked at me. Odd thing these birds as on another day you just raise the camera and they're gone. Regards Chris.

Simon Walker's picture

It's Strange, You're Right

But it's not just birds. I've been within five feet of a stoat, tugging at a rabbit; and just as close to a bank vole as it demolished a wild strawberry. Neither of them took the slightest notice of me. The stoat, I had no camera; the bank vole, I got some reasonable shots of.

Regards

Simon

Ray Turner's picture

Close Encounter

I had a wonderfully close encounter with a Kestrel the other day while I was out doing a Winter Thrush Survey. Spotted the regular female on a branch with her back to me. Slowly got closer and closer, close enough to see she was devouring a rat. Preoccupied she allowed me to pass right underneath her.

Undoubtedly the best photo opportunity of a Kestrel I have ever had. Where was the camera? Stuck at work where I had taken it because there be Waxwings about and forgot to bring it home. Didn’t get any Waxwings either :-(

Still a great privileged to have been that close.

Ray

Ray

Simon Walker's picture

Oh Dear.

That's AWFUL, Ray. You have my sympathy!
I get a bit paranoid about my camera, having missed so many opportunities in the past. I used to keep it in the car boot wherever I went, until I saw a Kestrel on a post as I drove by. I stopped, but I couldn't get to the camera without opening the door and disturbing it. Now I keep it on the back seat, strapped in with the seatbelt to stop it rolling onto the floor if I have to stop sharpish.

Regards

Simon