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kestrel chasing house martin?

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Old Friday 14th August 2020, 12:11   #1
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kestrel chasing house martin?

when doing a walk on the Long Mynd (Shropshire) a few days ago, i saw a kestrel making several in-flight attempts at catching what looked from a distance and with the naked eye a house martin

is this normal behaviour, or was this bird just overambitious ?

after having given up, it went for a long rest in a tree (picture attached) - or am i wrong in identifying the attached as a kestrel ?
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Old Friday 14th August 2020, 12:38   #2
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You’re right, it’s a Kestrel, perhaps a young bird. They will have a go at catching hirundines, especially at this time of year when there are juveniles to be chased!
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thanks, it's always nice to see bird behaviour I hadn't noticed before
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