Kestrel courting

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Subject: Kestrel courting
From: John Brannan <>
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2009 10:50:58 +1000
At least, that's what I assume it was.
While I was watching a perched Kestrel up at the Pinnacle in Hawker yesterday, another Kestrel flew up, calling loudly, with what looked like a dead mouse in its beak (no mean feat, I thought). It made a couple of passes through the tree before settling on a branch slightly below the first (female?) Kestrel. The first Kestrel then hopped down, took the proffered mouse and flew off downhill, followed a few seconds later by the other bird. Other interesting observations were A. Ravens and Yellow-rumped Thornbills nest building, Fuscous and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Speckled Warblers, Yellow Thornbills and a trio of Varied Sittellas. Interesting afternoon.

John Brannan

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