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kestrel behaviour

never seen this before or since but a kestrel was hovering over a grass bank and slowly floated down onto the ground. It did this a second time and flew back up. The third time it was a full blooded stoop at a bird on the ground which i hadn't seen. It shot out and both birds flew up and tussled in the air for a while. It was a female sparrowhawk which eventually dived down into close woodland where the kestrel couldn't follow



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kestrel v sparrowhawk

Kestrel was probably driving the sparrowhawk off. I have seen sparrowhawk take flegeling kestrels.