Golden afternoon light with a Brown Falcon

Just too much,  fine light, a great afternoon and a Brown Falcon that seemed to relish the warm weather.

This is the bird that is one of the pair at one end of the paddock from Kitty and Kalav.
The rich evening light really seems to make your average Brown Falcon glow, and this bird is not average.

But, the Kites, Magpies, Wagtails, Magpie-larks and Ravens all take exception to its presence.

The pair were hunting for mice and had developed, I think, a strategy to deal with the harassment.
While one bird hunted on the ground, (Browns are good at this), the other flew slowly up and down to attract all sorts of attention.  Leaving the bird on the ground free to hunt.  And, successful she was.

Enjoy

Wing stretch in the sunshine
Wing stretch in the sunshine
Typical Brown Falcons upright stance.
Typical Brown Falcons upright stance.
Wagtail sliding down Falcon's back. A pretty well co-ordinated attack.
Wagtail sliding down Falcon’s back. A pretty well co-ordinated attack.
Two Wagtails were among the team of harassing birds
Two Wagtails were among the team of harassing birds
Tree sitting to attract attention
Tree sitting to attract attention
She gets to leave with her nice mouse dinner.  She has just transferred it from beak to leg for the journey back to the nest.
She gets to leave with her nice mouse dinner.
She has just transferred it from beak to leg for the journey back to the nest.
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