Nankeen Kestral - Windhover
The Kestral - sometimes known to farmers as a Windhover or Sparrowhawk - live throughout semi cleared land. They are often found hovering above a likely source of food or resting on fence posts or telegraph poles.
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.
A short sequence of high speed photos to shows perfect control of hovering in a brisk breeze.