Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Kestrels

An old friend and ex work colleague, Mark, of EternityImages Photography, did a blog post a few days ago, about some young Kestrels he'd found, whilst out walking his two lovely Dobermans.

I left a comment saying how envious I was of him, finding these beautiful birds, and he later sent me a text, saying why not meet up, and we'll go and see them.


This morning, I'd arranged to meet Trevor, of Three CountiesHerald, at Caldecotte Lake, and after walking round the north lake, we both made our way to meet Mark, to see the Kestrels.


Three youngsters, and very attentive parents, bringing in a regular supply of food; mainly large rats, which the youngsters enjoyed very much.
One of the youngsters, the oldest, spent most of his time away from the nest site, and flying around; whilst the two youngest were content to sit, and be waited on.




Stunning birds, that posed beautifully for us, and we all took hundreds of pictures between us.



Here's my efforts.





The next few are of the youngest. Not looking too happy at first, then calling for some food, and finally tucking in to a large rat.









We spent over two hours in their company, and some rare sunshine.





A fantastic morning. Thanks Mark.




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and a short video




31 comments:

  1. that's awesome! 3 getting to this age is great! such huge eyes and already with such beautiful feather patterns. thanks for sharing, keith!

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  2. Thanks Theresa. It was a great morning watching these beautiful birds. Yea, the parents have done a great job raising three beauties.

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  3. What a great encounter. Brilliant Keith as were your 'efforts'.

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  4. Wonderful photographs, Keith. Especially the one of the bird in the tree, looking over its shoulder at you.

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  5. Thanks John. A fantastic time with these birds.

    Thanks Linda. They were real stars :-)

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  6. Keith, stunning! Great captures. I am quite envious!

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  7. Thanks Robin. It was a magical encounter. :-)

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  8. Brilliant Keith, that is the best photos I've seen.

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  9. Hi Keith,
    Great photos of a truly magical experience! Love the video too! I am envious of you getting to see this, I have to rely on Springwatch for my close-ups of young birds! ;)
    J
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  10. Thanks Bob. :-)

    Thank you John. It was a great experience to see these birds so close.

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  11. Wow now I'm envious Keith. You're very lucky to get to witness that which so few must see.

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  12. Great pictures and video Keith, nice one.

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  13. What a wonderful group to happen upon! Your photos are great and capture them superbly!

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  14. What a great treat!! Great photos of them too!!

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  15. Adam, it was a great experience to see these chicks.

    Thank you Bob.

    Thanks Reena :-)

    Thank you Sondra :-)

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  16. Great set of images Keith.

    It was a good day yesterday..the first decent spell of sunshine for quite a few days, a gentle stroll around the lake and then being topped off by a visit to see those beautiful Kestrels. Excellent!...[;o)

    A big thank you to Mark for sharing his 'find'

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  17. Hi there - what a great set of pictures from what seems to have been a good few hours.

    The young birds do seem to radiate a form of depressed looking hunger that would be impossible not to understand.

    Cheers - Stewart M

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  18. Thanks Trevor. Yea, certainly was a great day.

    Thanks Stewart. Those birds were real stars. :-)

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  19. Hey Keith,

    You've been really lucky to see those good looking Kestrels...I envy you like you envied Mark earlier LOL!Great shots indeed and loved that video.Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  20. What a privilege to witness such events so closely! Beautiful photos and nice to see the video too. It sounded like the paparazzi with all those shutters going off ;-)

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  21. Shantana, thanks. Wonderful moments to savour. :-)

    Thanks Jan. We must have taken hundreds of pictures between us lol

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  22. Wonderful moments to enjoy and photograph. Superb stuff.

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  23. Thanks Christian. Yea, it was great to be so close to them.

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  24. Wow! How fantastic! Such wonderful creatures, captured so very well.

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  25. Oh these gorgeous little sweeties. Such wonderful images, Keith. I'm so glad you were able to see them. Thank you for sharing them.

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  26. Thanks Hilary. It was great to spend a few hours in their company.

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  27. Their should have been a "cuteness alert" here. Great shots ;)

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