Monday, 28 October 2013

A KESTREL ON A POST

I promised after much alcohol to stay away from the keyboard tonight, but I never do what I'm supposed too and neither do birds it seems.
On Saturday I was really gutted to know I couldn't make it up to Harrington airfield for the shriek, I was chasing a Common Gull through the viewfinder, thinking, "what am I doing". I was going to go home when I thought I would stop off at a Kestrel spot. It's not always there, sometimes involves a lot of sitting around in the car for the bird to turn up. Which isn't a problem, except for the odd looks from passing vehicles.
Know I have a lot of "theories" with certain species, not always foolproof and probably more coincidental rather then factual, my theory for this one Kestrel goes "If it's windy it'll use one of the fence posts to hunt from rather then hovering". I've posted this bird from this location before on this blog and twice it's been windy....more testing of my theory needed....I think?
 It normally hunts worms etc off the posts, you just have to hope you have the car in the right place, there's only 36 fence posts to choose from, I was bored and counted them. In the first image the Kestrel popped up onto a dead tree and was actually thieving from a spiders web, never seen this behaviour before, if you look at the first image you can see the web under the Kestrel
 In the above image most of the web has been destroyed and not by the passing heavy shower, the weather played it's part in making some nice effects on the images, my favourite being this one below
 But again it was after a web that is strung between the post it's perched on and the gate, you can't see it too well in the above image.
However in the above image you might be able to make the web, just! And again it pulled the web apart.
 As quickly as it started to rain it quickly stopped and some lovely light came out, don't you just love the weather in the UK?
 With these three images I managed to move the car forward a bit at a time when the bird wasn't looking. I always leave my door ajar so I can open the door with no central locking system accidentally going off, release the handbrake and roll the car gently into a better position with the engine off, normally works.
Hopefully on the next windy day we get I'll put my theory under more scrutiny for this Kestrel but I did learn on Saturday Kestrels will help themselves to the contents of a spider web or even the spider itself, probably.
I really like falcons, you might have noticed on "websites worth a look" list on the left handside of my blog about Amur Falcons in India and a petition to sign to stop their persecution, well I'll end this blog with some good news, please have a look at this link and tell me it doesn't give you hope, AMUR FALCON it should open up on the page in a new window any problems with the link let me know please, it's a good news story worth reading and let's hope it carries on.

14 comments:

  1. These are brilliant pictures. I never knew a Kestrel would eat the insects stuck in a web. It must have fancied a bug snack. From Findlay

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    1. Cheers Findlay, prehaps it's a vegan :o) I've seen this kestrel take earthworms and snatch at passing insects but never seen it go through spider webs, great to watch it

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  2. Superb studies. These are my favourite raptor. Thanks for your patience.

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    1. One of my favourites too, this bird when it shows up rewards me with some fantastic behaviour, great bird

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  3. Another nice set of images mate, especially the ones with the rain and the dark background.

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    1. Thanks Paul, I like the rain as long as I'm dry and warm, not so nice when stuck out in the rain though

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  4. Fabulous Kestrel images, Doug. I had no idea that Kestrels could feed from spider's webs! The first and last images are my favourites.

    Wonderful news about the Amur Falcons. It brought tears of joy to my eyes. Tried to post a comment on the site, but couldn't find a way of doing so as I don't have a facebook account.

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    1. The birds behaviour had me stumped too, very odd behaviour, hopefully not a sign of a lack of food in the area.
      Sadly I have no Facebook account either, it brought a massive smile to my face and makes me wonder if we can't take some inspiration from it too and the involvement of the people too from young to ex-hunters etc was brilliant

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  5. Cracking set of images Douglas and some interesting behaviour (no!..not yours...the Kestrels!!) just goes to show how resourceful wildlife can/has to be in able to survive.

    That's a good news story about the Amur Falcons, let's hope they can keep it going. Petition duly signed.

    How did the footy(?) go?...I see that the Jaguars got a bit of a (panel!) bashing!!

    Who do you reckon did the best drive in the GP...Vettel or Grosjean? How come Webber seems to always have the duff parts..er...sorry, bad luck?..funny that!!...[;o)

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    1. You're right about natures ability to adapt it never fails to amaze me, thanks for signing the petition.
      The footy was great, though I'm nursing a huge hangover, so much to watch in the stadium and the fanzones outside was brilliant, just wish the FA will take some of the ideas from what some call "not proper" football, loads of alcohol, sat with opposition fans and fans with shirts of teams not even playing and not one punch or racial insult heard or seen would that happen in soccer?
      Vettel was the always going to win so i was torn between Nico and Roman though I would have to go for Roman as he's definately improved on last years performance
      As for Webber, I have one of my "theories" on that. I don't believe the team would jeopardise the manufacturers title, which is the big/important title and give him duff parts. I think Webber is having to push so hard to keep up with Seb that he's putting huge stresses on the parts.

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    2. Glad you had a good time Douglas. It seems that the football this side of the pond is just an excuse for the yobs to go out to chant racist insults and have a fight, and it seems to be on the increase again!
      I spent the last weekend in September in London for a birthday party and spent some time down by The Tower /Tower Pier waiting to catch a boat for a river cruise (part of the birthday celebrations) and was amazed to see lots, and I mean lots, of people wearing American Football shirts, I think most teams were represented, I didn't know that the Wembley games were so popular?

      I was only joking about the duff parts, I'm certain that Webber gets exactly the same parts as Vettel and anyway the (failed) alternator would have been down to Renault! I know for a fact that Red Bull have had lots of overheating problems on electrical components this year due to the way (closeness) that they've managed to wrap around the bodywork, hence all the KERS failures they've had. It'll be interesting to see how good the reliability, of all the cars, is next year?...[;o)

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    3. You should see how popular American football is in Ireland and Germany, it's huge. The Wembley games are so popular, I think, because of the fans experience, if I go and watch Chelsea or any footie team, you're escorted and flanked by police on horses, dogs snarling and barking and are treated no better then cattle, it's a different experience for American footie, a really relaxed atmosphere, involvement with fans from start to finnish...we have a lot to learn.
      It'll be interesting to see how all the teams will fare, which reminds me of the question Jenson was asked, "Do you think your weight will be an issue?", what a question, or Paul Di Resat loosing 3kg of weight, it's going to be an odd year next year for sure, I knew you're only joking about the duff parts. I reckon the overheating is down the RB's secret weapon :o)

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  6. Super images Doug, and a very inspirational article, so thank you for sharing that!

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    1. Thank you for reading the article, I find these sort of stories uplifting as we face similar problems here with our wildlife and it's always interesting to see how othe countries deal with the problem and hopefully to draw inspiration from

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