Kestrel at Sheepcote

I pass Sheepcote Valley every morning on the way to work. Lately it’s been quiet or murky, but today we had reasonably clear skies and a very cooperative male kestrel perched on a lamp post at the edge of the car park. So I didn’t even have to walk very far to get these.

Kestrel at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Kestrel at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

kestrel

It fluffed and preened itself for a while…

Before getting back to the serious business of hunting.

Kestrel in flight with prey (vole) at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Kestrel in flight with prey (vole) at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

kestrel with vole

kestrel on  lamp post

More preening

kestrel with wings stretched

And a good stretch of those wings

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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2 Comments

  1. Darko July 7, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    Nice, especially the one with a prey 🙂

    • Words July 7, 2016 at 11:52 pm #

      Darko, thanks. It had been a while since I’d had such a good session with a kestrel. Beautiful birds.