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.

Kestrel Sony A7r4 200-600

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.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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