Kestrel Food Pass

The male flew in with a kill to the rock right in front of me last Thursday.  Last year, when the female was on the nest, she would fly to the male, take his kill and return straight to the nest to feed their young.  Although not yet incubating eggs, the pair performed the same food pass, presumably a form of courtship behaviour.

The female Kestrel, possibly still airborne, takes hold of her partner's prey. The male is reluctant to hand over his kill: a thin green Lizard Less than a second from her arrival, the female has rotated 120 degrees and jumped off the cliff with the Lizard.
The female Kestrel, possibly still airborne, takes hold of her partner's prey.

The male is reluctant to hand over his kill: a thin green Lizard

Less than a second from her arrival, the female has rotated 120 degrees and jumped off the cliff with the Lizard.

Posted April 8th, 2018 at 11:01 am by Michael Woodman Smith in General Birding