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Nankeen kestrel Avoiding dense forests, these birds are seen in open environments - this one in a coastal park. I watched as it flew between one Norfolk Pine to another, but my best shot was from when it chose to perch on a telegraph pole! They hunt a variety of prey, including small mammals, small birds, lizards and insects. <br />
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Nankeen kestrel

Avoiding dense forests, these birds are seen in open environments - this one in a coastal park. I watched as it flew between one Norfolk Pine to another, but my best shot was from when it chose to perch on a telegraph pole! They hunt a variety of prey, including small mammals, small birds, lizards and insects.
A relatively small raptor of 30 cm length

    comments (4)

  1. Nice sighting! Posted 4 days ago
    1. Thank you - and so sorry I could only offer an image with a non-natural perch. Posted 4 days ago
      1. Oh, that does not rest beauty to the animal and hey, is also part of their environment. I only hope he does not get electrocuted (I always think about that when I see the birds perching on cables). Posted 4 days ago
  2. Stunning!! Posted 2 days ago

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Nankeen kestrel, species ''Falco cenchroides'', is one of the smallest falcons, and unlike many, does not rely on speed to catch its prey. Instead, it simply perches in an exposed position, but it also has a distinctive technique of hovering over crop and grasslands.

Similar species: Falcons
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Nov 8, 2018. Captured Nov 4, 2018 11:56 in Anne Feneley Lookout, Cnr &, Watt St & Reserve Rd, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/512s
  • ISO100
  • 250mm