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.

The female lacks the distinct black facial stripes of the male.

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.


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