Kestrels of Sheepcote

Despite the gloom (we were, and still are, shrouded in mist for most of the day) I stopped off at Sheepcote Valley.
Sheepcote Valley

There weren't many kestrels about, but one is enough. This male was out hunting crickets (a main secondary diet at this time of the year).
Kestrel with cricket

I tracked him to his landing site…


Snack over, he took to the air again to hunt for more morsels….

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 40D and EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

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10 Comments

  1. gdare August 11, 2010 at 5:08 am #

    This was either a small kestrel or a big cricket :left:

  2. SittingFox August 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    Love the haybales! And the kestrel of course. It's surprising how much of their diet is made up of invertebrates. As a chil, I always assumed they were hunting for mice when I used to watch them hovering over the motorway verges.

  3. studio41 August 13, 2010 at 5:08 am #

    Originally posted by gdare:

    This was either a small kestrel or a big cricket

    😆

    lovely photos!

  4. Words August 13, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Adele, the hay bales always add something to the fields at this time of year. It reminds me that they are working spaces, but also very traditional and timeless.

  5. Words August 13, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Thanks Erwin!

  6. Words August 13, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Darko, it was quite a large cricket, but not as large as this one. :whistle:

  7. Words August 13, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Thanks Jill!

  8. Ukwildlife August 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    great series

  9. Words August 14, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks Neil!

  10. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Beautiful