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    Kestrel 02-03-2021

    Looks like the kestrels have found the milder weather over the past few days acceptable.

    Both birds in the nest site this morning
    2021-1 by tblake2007, on Flickr

    And then mating, bit earlier than some other years
    2021-3 by tblake2007, on Flickr
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    https://www.flickr.com/photos/16830751@N03/

    #2
    Hopefully they will have a successful season. What's the prey item a 'day old'
    Trev

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      #3
      Think it's a chick, as in young chicken. Suspect someone is leaving these out which I have reservations about. These birds need to survive by hunting and as such need to develop the skill, leaving food out may leave them ill prepared to survive during the winter months.
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        #4
        Looking forward to another season of your great series of Kestrel shots.

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          #5
          Originally posted by antoeknee View Post
          Think it's a chick, as in young chicken. Suspect someone is leaving these out which I have reservations about. These birds need to survive by hunting and as such need to develop the skill, leaving food out may leave them ill prepared to survive during the winter months.
          Yes no doubt about it, it's a 'Day Old' chicken, quite agree not a good thing especially if the young locate in the future, could affect their survival
          Trev

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            #6
            Ant, just a thought, don't want to sound an alarmist. Its not unheard of for Gamekeepers to put down poisoned chicks, not necessarily for Kestrels, but other birds of prey, stoats, weasels etc. who they see has detrimental .
            Trev

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              #7
              Had crossed my mind but these are being put on top of the building where they nest. There is a catering business in the building and I think it's one of the people from there.
              Canon 5D3, 7D2, 60D, Canon 70-200L f2.8 IS II, Canon 300 f4L IS, Canon 16-35 f4 L, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Canon 1.4 MkIII extender, Sigma AF 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM, Sigma 150-600 Contemporary, Tamron SP AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC USD, Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS
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                #8
                Glad to see you posting this again, Thanks

                Alan

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                  #9
                  Thanks for comments. Been in touch with local RSPB rep and we are going to try and find out who is feeding.
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                    #10
                    Nice to see them back again
                    Alex

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                      #11
                      Well captured Ant.
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                        #12
                        Good to see them back this year and looking forward to the journey. I hope you have enough memory to store all these images!

                        Interesting point about feeding them. I have similar reservations. I haven't been to Gigrin Farm for a few years now but the farmer was feeding the red kites along with buzzards etc. every day. When I was last there there must have been about 100 red kites circling waiting for the farmer to drive into the field with a trailer of offal etc. I often wonder how all those birds would cope if for some reason the farmer could no longer do it.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Brian Sugden View Post
                          Good to see them back this year and looking forward to the journey. I hope you have enough memory to store all these images!

                          Interesting point about feeding them. I have similar reservations. I haven't been to Gigrin Farm for a few years now but the farmer was feeding the red kites along with buzzards etc. every day. When I was last there there must have been about 100 red kites circling waiting for the farmer to drive into the field with a trailer of offal etc. I often wonder how all those birds would cope if for some reason the farmer could no longer do it.
                          I think my major concern relates to any young. If food is continually made available they are not going to be prepared for fending for themselves when they leave the area. The food may make them reluctant to leave the adults range which could cause conflict. The other concern will be the suitability of the food being left.

                          It's probably some well meaning individual but kestrels have successfully bred at this site for at least 30 years.
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                            #14
                            Great photos, looking forward in seeing more from you.
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