I spent the afternoon today at Woods Mill. The young kestrels are nearly ready to fledge and can now be seen at the front of the nest box. The adults are still very busy feeding them and guarding them from other species.

Kestrel chicks

You can just see four of the six chicks in this photo

kestrel chicks

Kestrel chicks at Woods Mill

crow attacking kestrel nest box

Corvid attempting to raid a kestrel nest box

Those were all taken from some ridiculous distance away, but I was able to get a little closer to a young robin. It was sunning itself and kept hopping right up to the camera.

robin fledgling

Robin fledgling ‘sunbathing’

robin fledgling

Robin fledgling at Woods Mill

robin fledgling

Robin fledgling at Woods Mill

Plus a quick fox photo from last night. Pretty has taken a shine to rooftops!

fox on roof

Fox on a roof

Camera note: First photo taken with the EF 500mm f/4 IS II USM lens + 2x extender and the third with the 500mm lens (no extender). All other bird photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The fox photo was taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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  1. Darko June 21, 2018 at 12:54 am #

    I like how kestrel chicks are looking at you on 2nd photo. But fox on the roof proves their cat-like character 😀

    • Words June 29, 2018 at 10:50 pm #

      I keep looking out to get a better roof shot of the fox, but it’s always a thrill to see them up there.

  2. Aurora Joan Stone June 21, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    Clearly not the brightests corvid on the planet. loved the last robin fledgling pic. Beautiful details on the feathers. Tidying the garden yesterday my husband was accompanied by balckbirds and robins who were grateful for his supplying them with worms.

    • Words June 29, 2018 at 10:51 pm #

      Aurora, the kestrels all did well and have all now fledged.Blackbirds and robins love gardening and will always check out any newly dug area. Easy pickings for them.

  3. Andy June 29, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

    Nice series!

    • Words June 29, 2018 at 10:52 pm #

      Thanks Andy!