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Nankeen kestrel I loved watching it flying, hovering into the wind with the quick, shallow wing beats. It would maintain this action for minutes at a time whilst searching the ground for prey. In between times, coming to rest on a high perch such a tree or as here, on a utility pole.<br />
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Seen in open environments, avoiding dense forest.They hunt a variety of prey, including small mammals, small birds, lizards and insects.<br />
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30 cm length<br />
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Nankeen kestrel

I loved watching it flying, hovering into the wind with the quick, shallow wing beats. It would maintain this action for minutes at a time whilst searching the ground for prey. In between times, coming to rest on a high perch such a tree or as here, on a utility pole.

Seen in open environments, avoiding dense forest.They hunt a variety of prey, including small mammals, small birds, lizards and insects.

30 cm length

    comments (2)

  1. The photo is as clear as the bird's eyesight, nice job, Ruth! Posted 7 months ago
    1. Thank you. I wish I had been able to capture when on a natural perch, but there we are. Posted 7 months 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 Jun 2, 2020. Captured Nov 4, 2018 11:56 in 92 Newcomen St, The Hill NSW 2300, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/512s
  • ISO100
  • 250mm