Photographer's Note

The Windhover, otherwise known as a Kestrel.

In the thumbnail, this small bird of prey is not immediately obvious, but when opened you can see how perfectly camouflaged the bird is.

Taken on a walk on the coastal path.
The Kestrel hunts by using the hovering technique.
Typically it flies along until prey or a likely spot for prey is sighted. It then checks and hovers, with occasional deeper wing-beats and tail fanned out and pointing down for stability.

In spite of the exertion of hovering, the Kestrel can keep its head motionless to pinpoint a possible meal.
Lift-like, the bird drops by stages, finally pouncing and grasping with its talons.
Small mammals are its staple diet.

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Additional Photos by Jean Dwyer (jean113) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2376 W: 0 N: 7360] (28249)
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