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kestrel chasing house martin? (1 Viewer)


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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Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
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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