Male Kestrel

While out at the local reservoir, not looking for anything in particular, I came across a male kestrel drinking from a puddle.

I quietly sat down on the ground and started to take some photos.



He cautiously drank, all the while watching around him.

After a few moments he hopped in to the water and started to wash. First putting his head under the water then letting the water rolled over his back. After a quick shake and groom under his wings, he repeated it again.


The sound of barking dogs made the Kestrel fly up in to a nearby tree to finish off his grooming.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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12 Responses to Male Kestrel

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  2. michaelsinclairphotographer says:

    Great film. Love kestrels so much.

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  4. Emily says:

    What a beautiful male Kestrel! Must have been wonderful to have such a close up view. Fantastic video too. I haven’t seen a Kestrel drink from a puddle before. šŸ™‚

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  5. What wonderful photos, I only ever see them flying and have never seen that detail on the feathers.

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  6. David Thornton says:

    Brilliant stuff Alex – Grampy Dave.

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  7. Terrific field craft, to get that close and not startle the kestrel away. I am so impressed.

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