Kestrel, Whitethroat and…

Kestrels are the most frequently sighted of our local birds of prey, usually seen hovering over roadside verges while they hunt for small mammals. I came across this male while I was waiting in a queue to get into our local recycling centre. The cars weren't moving so while I was waiting I got the camera out and took a few shots. It's one way of passing the time 😉

On the way back home I took a brief detour around Sheepcote Valley in the hope of seeing more kestrels. No luck today, but I did get this shot of a whitethroat.

I've spent the last 20 minutes outside with three fox cubs. I am beginning to get to know the different personalities, and there's one which is especially cute. These shots though are from last night. More playfulness and squealing.

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Camera note: birds taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. Fox cubs taken with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

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  1. derWandersmann May 19, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Loverly kestrel shots, Words! You can see how he does it: flap like crazy with the wings, while the tail is in a stall position.
    Pretty little whitethroat.

  2. SittingFox May 19, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    It seems to be a good year for whitethroats – there are plenty at Dungeness.

    The cubs are sorting out their squabbles in style!

  3. Words May 24, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Adele, we generally do ok for whitethroats locally. Fighting fox cubs are such fun! 😀

  4. Words May 24, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    dW, thanks. I love watching kestrels hover. I couldn't get to the right side of this one but it passed a few minutes while I was waiting for the cars to start moving again.