Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Wild: Female Nankeen Kestral - Windhover

The Kestral - known to farmers as a Windhover or Sparrowhawk - live throughout semi cleared land - often found on fence posts or telegraph poles - often seen hovering above a likely source of food.

If baits for feral animals are misplaced, the Nankeen Kestral is often the first to die.  A stable population of these in and around a farm is a sign of good stewardship of the land.

In a recent field trip through western NSW I kept a careful watch for these birds - I tended to see healthy population around inhabited farms - but they were almost completely absent from large company run holdings.

On Wednesday on the Molonglo High Plains:

On Friday, hunting in the distance:

Also - a short sequence of high speed photos to show hovering in action.

Peter Quinton
July 2014

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