Well today Sandmartins were supposed to be my main quarry (eh!-see what I did there) but as with all my plans things never quite go as planned.
It was the weather that spoilt things today, first the searing heat and quite breezy weather spoilt it. The thing with these Sandmartins what I do is wait as they fly back with food for the young, of course nowhere near the nests, normally they'll line themselves up with the nest hole in the "cliff" face and then dive in, sometimes they have to abort for one reason or another then circle round and try again this is when I normally try and photograph them. With the wind they were struggling to get back into the nest holes so I opted to leave them in peace.
In one of my previous blogs about the quarry I mentioned the two juvenile Kestrels and the adults teaching them to hunt, well today I got to see them in action again.
It was along the field that had been harvested the day before, today the farmer was collecting up the stubble and creating bales, this brought the Kestrel in. Two birds an adult and a juvenile bird.
Both birds were hovering along the side of the field just above the hedgerow and too far away, I was cursing my luck and wasn't just about to run over and possibly disturb them to get an image or two, I just sat in the shade and watched, when the adult bird dived down followed by the younger bird.
There was a fair bit of calling and suddenly at speed the adult bird was low and (sadly) to the left of my position and very close, with prey.
The younger bird, is notable by it's size and the undeveloped markings, it was chasing after the adult calling as it went.
Below is a record shot of both birds going to share the kill, you can see the bird at the top is smaller.