The Windhover

This morning I got to witness how the Kestrel also got its name "The Windhover"

I paid a visit to Orgreave Lakes which is now a lovely area to walk around but was the site of the infamous battle between the miners and the police during the miners strike.

It's a beautiful day here, lovely and warm but with a strong wind, while I was sat on a bench getting buffeted I noticed this beauty hunting...a long way off.

It then landed on a post and struggled just as much as I did.

but when it took off you could see how it got its name The Windhover by effortlessly Flying and gliding in the wind.

even more impressive I think from what I could see when it went to ground it was catching Dragonflies..

A cracking experience watching it.

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  • Such a fabulous treat to see wonderful Kestrel in natural surroundings ... great captures, thanks D!

     

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  • Photos are amazing Alan, but it's your last line I like the best.

    Isn't it great to be able to see that?

    All the best -
    Dave
  • Stunning shots Alan, and yes, a definite treat to witness :o)
  • Lovely pics of a lovely bird, Alan--thanks for posting. They truly are wonderful and amazing creatures and a joy to watch.

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • Beautiful pics of the Kestrel doing what it does best, hovering over the countryside, you caught it so well Alan, thanks for letting us share.

    Lot to learn

  • Great pics Alan, must have been wonderful to watch it hunt and the skill it has coping with the strong winds. Another hot day today so I think we'll all be hunting shade for a change lol

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Mad dogs and all that I'm off to Potteric Carr for the day.

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  • Hope you have a great trip Alan and look forward to your pics; I'm heading back to The Laurels to vacuum, mop floors and bring the remaining bits and bobs back - I've still got facilities to make myself a cuppa and two fishing chairs to sit on for Mike and I . It must be habit after 9 years but I can't stop myself going round the garden picking up bits of twig debris and driveway leaves ! Thank goodness my job as "park keeper" is coming to an end tomorrow - phew lol
    Poor birds haven't had food treats for the last few days and making me feel extremely guilty as we now have to abandon them - one of the robins keeps staring at me from his favourite perching place by the rockery lol

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Will the new people feed the birds aitch?

     

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  • Superb, They are masters in those sort of conditions. Cracking sequence of shots.

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    Regards,Tony

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