Nice to be working in the new “Office”. I’ve had a few trips now to the Werribee River Park and although its fairly open area with few trees, it does have a bit of activity across its open paddocks.
The river has cut through the old sand hills and river flats and is about 300m or more wide in some places. Its an easy stroll along the cliff edge, and the birds use the updraft to advantage. Sitting, watching, drinking Earl of Grey, and the toughest part is carrying in the tripod with the Wimberley head.
Today the weather was a photographers delight, light fluffy clouds and plenty of blue sky for brilliant sunshine, simply add birds.
Apart from a range of Kites, Whistling, Black and Black-shouldered, along with a particularly vocal Brown Falcon, there is at the moment a pair of Australian Kestrels working in the fields, but a long way from the road way. But, the raucous shriek of the female, and the piping hunting call of the male, alerted me that something was going on. I eventually located them and they were preforming mock battles, he mostly coming in from above, she turning to repel him with her outstretched talons. The duet was both vocal and aerial, and I kept hoping it would drift towards my location, but, typical of Kestrels, they kept control of their position in the sky and stayed well down field.
None the less, I thought you might like to see a little of the ballet.
The images are pretty large crops, and I apologise for that. No Mr Darcy and Elizabeth here.
For those who can peer closely enough, the Male is the smaller, and has a single bar on a grey tail. She is dressed in her best brown, cinnamon, and has the swept back tail with the multiple bars.
2 thoughts on “Australian Kestrel pair building their bond.”
A fine commentary David, to accompany these wonderful shots. What a delight it must have been to observe and record them.
And it makes you envious of the secret ‘language’ they have in their ballet!
Hi Christine, the images actually are not able to cover the ducking and weaving and synchronised ballet they perform. They always seem to know the moves, and react accordingly. It is quite awe-inspiring to see.