I made it out to the downs this afternoon and was delighted to spot a kestrel hunting just along from where I parked the car. This was close to where I've taken previous close-ups, but probably the first time I've seen it in an extended hunting pattern. Unfortunately the light was poor and for most of the time it was a case of watching rather than photographing. I did manage a couple of ok snaps (more for the record than anything else).
It was fairly quiet up there and apart from a few seagulls and crows, there wasn't too much else in evidence although I did spot a robin lurking in the hedgerow, and a pair of stonechats hopping along the fence posts and dropping down into the fields. This next shot is the male of the pair.
Much of the rest of the day was taken up with experimenting with close-up photography. These are in the Abstracts album.
Water droplets on sage
Camera note: birds photographed with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. The plants are all taken with the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG macro.