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Kestrel behaviour, UK

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Old Friday 9th August 2019, 13:13   #1
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Kestrel behaviour, UK

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At the standing hide, Hill Croft Reserve, Malvern, UK. Great morning watching kestrels hunting. There were at least 12 - I think mostly juvenille males.

What surprised me was they often sat on dead dock flowers and dropped down onto the prey from there. Is this usual behaviour? They also spent a lot of time on the ground - is this usual?

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Sorry about the pics......

.......they were at a bit of a distance!
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They do hunt from perches too. The last pic looks like the earth has been turned over, and Kestrels do like worms.
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Thanks - there were Belted Galloway cows in the field - also a lot of crickets!
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