Dear Readers, my husband and I are just happy snappers when it comes to bird photography. I originally posted these photos on my FB page because I didn’t think they were good enough for the blog, but one of my friends thought otherwise. So I duly present them to you, because although the photos aren’t brilliant, this little Nankeen Kestrel definitely is.
The Nankeen Kestrel is one of Australia’s smallest birds of prey at 30-35cm. It does not rely on speed to capture its prey. It spies its target from a look-out and then hovers silently just a few feet above the ground until its prey emerges. Mice are a favourite meal. Its hunting proficiency is to be admired. We saw this little bird catch and devour two mice within 15 minutes.
Isn’t it gorgeous? It is carrying the mouse so gently …..
That brings to an end this series of carnivorous bird photos (see Part 1 here) and an end to the little mouse. Having said that, what’s the bet that we are inundated with raptor photo opportunities in the following months?
Response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Finish.