More usually seen hovering over a motorway verge with eyes focused on its latest prey, kestrels are one of our most popular birds of prey despite recent declines in their population. So it's particularly nice to see one this close up, the beautiful spotted underside of its wings and breast and fanned tail clearly in view, as it comes in to land on an old bit of wood, eyes focused not on prey, but the landing spot.

Kestrel: courtesy of Nature's Home reader, John Cobham

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