Weighing 220grams with a lifespan of 4 years has an old country name Windhover. The Kestrel can keep its head still while it hovers wings beating every so often.
This member of the falcon family is an amazing bird of prey to photograph. I rarely see it on my travels and if I do its of in the distance.
My closet encounter was when I was waiting in long grass in my Sniper suit when a Kestrel landed 4 feet away on a post, looked down at me for a second then tried to work out what I was. The image so close I couldn’t crop it in post.
I love the Kestrel like all birds with a beautiful face and sharp razor like eyes and skilled hunter.
I was lucky enough to capture it this year as I waited for the Barn Owl when it hovered above me to the right. It was very high but having 61mp in the Sony A7r4 I cropped in and got some lovely images against a blue sky.