Woods Mill Kestrels

It’s been a long time since I’ve featured kestrels, so this makes a nice break from those boring short-eared owls (only joking!). I took this sequence at Woods Mill, the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust. The photos show what I assume is a juvenile being provided with a tasty vole by an adult male. The juvenile then flies off with the treat.

kestrel feeding

Adult perches on the roof of the nest box. The juvenile gets active.

kestrel feeding

Getting a better look

kestrel feeding

The juvenile makes a short hop to the roof.

kestrel feeding

Lunch changes hand (or beak)

kestrel feeding

And it’s the perfect kestrel take-away!

As for the owls… this is how boring they are 😉

short-eared owl

Close-up of a short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

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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  1. Darko May 5, 2016 at 5:13 am #

    I love the kestrels but that owl photo is just gorgeous!!!

    • Words May 8, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

      Darko, thanks! I would love to get more kestrels, but I suspect the owls are keeping them away (at least in the numbers that I’ve seen in previous years).