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Kestrel with breakfast Quite a surprise to see this kestrel on our patio in the middle of suburbia. He swiftly dispatched a local rat and devoured it right before our eyes!<br />
With a lack of food in the nearby countryside at the moment, kestrels are being seen more frequently in towns as they search for a much needed meal. Glad this one got his belly full. Common Kestrel,Falco tinnunculus,Geotagged,United Kingdom,birds,isle of wight,raptors,urban wildlife Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Kestrel with breakfast

Quite a surprise to see this kestrel on our patio in the middle of suburbia. He swiftly dispatched a local rat and devoured it right before our eyes!
With a lack of food in the nearby countryside at the moment, kestrels are being seen more frequently in towns as they search for a much needed meal. Glad this one got his belly full.

    comments (3)

  1. Wow, Claire! What an intense stare! Posted 2 days ago
    1. I know, it was pretty scary! :) Posted 2 days ago
  2. Neat! Posted 2 days ago

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The Common Kestrel is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae. It is also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, or Old World Kestrel. In Britain, where no other brown falcon occurs, it is generally just called "the kestrel".

This species occurs over a large range. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as occasionally reaching the east coast of North America. But although it has colonized a few oceanic islands, vagrant.. more

Similar species: Falcons
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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Uploaded Nov 10, 2018. Captured in 34 Spring Hill, Ventnor PO38 1PF, UK.