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Kestrel on the hunt

Kestrel on the hunt

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Mark Billiau.


World Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

Kestrel on the hunt

The kestrel is a bird of prey that is widespread all over European lowlands.
It prefers open habitat such as fields, heaths, shrubland and marshland to hunt for its prey which consists mainly of mice.

When hunting, the kestrel characteristically hovers about 10–20 meter above the soil.
Like most birds of prey, kestrels have keen eyesight enabling them to spot small prey from a distance. They also have the ability to detect an urine trace of a prey from a great height.
Once the prey is sighted, the bird makes a short, steep dive toward the target.

Dutch name : Torenvalk
German name : Turmfalke
Latin name : Falco tinnunculus tinnunculus

This shot was taken from an observation tower.

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A big thanks to mirko meloni for the nomination of this picture.

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