longers, you might like this

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by laurence, 3 Apr 2008.

  1. today's bird spot. shortly after this it swooped to land about 10 feet away. i was so amazed i put the camera down to watch.


  2. longers

    longers Veteran

    Another good great photo.

    Male Kestrel? Collins has pointed me that way (not good at identifying birds raptors myself).

    I saw a pair last weekend trying to decide if a juvenile rabbit was big enough to carry off. They would fly over and hover a couple of feet above it and you could tell they were thinking hard about it, before flying off and then returning again. They repeated this a few times before giving up.
  3. OP

    laurence Veteran

    yup... a male kestrel

    it kept hovering and swooping. i'm guessing it was feeding for two and it would scoot off and return a few minutes later. it even perched on the hide roof for a photo session...


    i was tempted to hold my arm out and hope that it would land
  4. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    More like take a chunk out of it! ;)

    Great pics, BTW!
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Cool pics - saw a few 'kestrels' or similar on the Langsett to Strines road over in Derbyshire at the weekend - did think of you twitchers, but it was too bloody windy to stop for pics or I'd have got cold......
  6. OP

    laurence Veteran

    i can recognise kestrels.... so long as they hover. in flight it's harder to tell them and sparrowhawks apart (for me). it's pretty easy to get them mistaken for pigeons as they're a similar size.

    bigger birds are easy to tell apart... you take a picture and look in the book when you get home!

    that's if it isn't so cold your camera packs up.
  7. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    South Beds.
    He's a handsome chappy....Nice pics indeed!;)
  8. 10/10 laurence. Mr Consistency with the images ;)
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