Whos keeping an eye on me....

Friday, 24 January 2014

Male Common Kestrel

Having just been out for a walk around the Cat & Fiddle moorland  I was driving home when I bumped into this fella sat on a wall eating his lunch.





as I double backed round with the car he flew to another wall to finish his meal

  





 
and then just chilling 

 
a few hundred yards away I caught up with at least 3 Dippers
 
 

13 comments:

Wally Jones said...

Dave, wonderful shots of the beautiful Kestrel!
When I see them, they're usually flying at the speed of sound away from me.

And to catch him with prey is really special!

EG CameraGirl said...

Terrific shots of the kestrel eating. I have managed to get shots of kestrels in trees and on wires...but NEVER eating.

Connie Smiley said...

What a capture! Yours and his.

Chris Rohrer said...

Love the Kestrel. Nice to see them in action. Happy birding!!!

Adam Jones said...

Cracking shots of the Kestrel Dave. I must get back up that way soon. Superb area.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a nice series -- beautiful little kestrel. Only you would get these lovely shots and the cute little dippers too AFTER you thought you were through with your birding for the day.

Steve Borichevsky said...

I love the kestrel, especially with the mouse.

Stuart Price said...

Nice Kestrel. Dippers in the UK are much nicer than the Brown Dipper of east Asia.......

bettyl-NZ said...

Fascinating birds! Love your shots.

pattisjarrett said...

What a handsome Kestrel you've found. Great shots. I love the direct on pose.

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful images of the Kestrel. I especially like the image with the wired fence and pole on it.

And I love dippers. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The kestrel is familiar as are the dippers! We have seen those. Used to have a kestrel visit our yard (when we lived in Oregon)... sometimes to my sorrow as it felt like my feeders were giving him a cafeteria to choose from. But he's a beautiful little raptor (and they have to eat too!).

desertsandbeyond said...

Dave, we have kestrels out here in our desert, in California, too. I love to see them and hear them! We frequently have one sit up on the telephone pole in our back yard. We also have a pair of Cooper hawks who catch a dove every 3-4 days.
~~Cheryl Ann~~