Kestrel at Castle Hill

Just a short sequence today, of a kestrel at the edge of Castle Hill (a local nature reserve).

Kestrel eating a bush cricket on the wing at Castle Hill, East Sussex

Kestrel eating a bush cricket on the wing at Castle Hill, East Sussex

kestrel in flight

Kestrel in flight taking a sneaky glance in my direction

Kestrel at Castle Hill, East Sussex

Kestrel fence-posting at Castle Hill, East Sussex

Kestrel fence-posting at Castle Hill, East Sussex

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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5 Comments

  1. Terry Cain September 12, 2015 at 12:39 am #

    Such handsome birds. Didn’t see any the last time I was there. Good to know they’re still about.
    Thank you.

    • Words September 14, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      Terry, thanks for posting. It’s usually a good spot, though I’ve not been up there as frequently as in the past.

  2. Darko September 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    It is funny when the look at you during the flight. We were hiking on northern Vancouver Island at the end on our vacation and I made some photographs of flying osprey in Guise Bay, Cape Scott provincial park. It looked at me on several occasions but even though I made more than 20 photographs none of those were sharp enough to be saved (photographing a flying bird from hand is not easy).
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/9694803@N02/albums/72157657109650252

    • Words September 14, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

      Darko, nice osprey shots! Tip… don’t be afraid to push the ISO a bit higher. A sharp image with a little bit of noise isn’t a problem and is worth it to get a fast shutter speed. Should be fine going to 800 with the T3.

      • Darko September 17, 2015 at 4:00 am #

        I will remember that, thanks!
        The light was kind of tricky, diffuse in a mid-day, and even the sun was behind a thin layer of clouds, I had problems making a proper photo.