Kestrel courting

To: "'Ian Fraser'" <>
Subject: Kestrel courting
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 18:57:01 +1000
Ian yes, although picking an adult female kestrel from the juveniles is
not that easy, as they are similar. Juveniles are more spotted. I think
that John's suggestion of courtship feeding is more likely than
juveniles, on the basis of two things: time of year and, if it was a
juvenile I'd expect it to be described as more demanding of food than
this description. But these are just ideas.  

Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041

-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Fraser  
Sent: Thursday, 6 August 2009 11:40 AM
Cc: 'COG Chatline'
Subject: Kestrel courting

Thanks John. It's worth noting that kestrels are pretty easy to sex. 
Males have a grey crown and tail, females rufous crown and tail. Having 
such things in mind can help us to interpret better such interactions. 
Sadly most birds of prey aren't that co-operative, though size is a 
pretty good indicator.



John Brannan wrote:
> 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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