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Old 28-12-2014, 10:41 AM
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Why are you going in ,I only go in to check eggs ring and take out rest of the time I just like watching them mine have a branch right across the front which they sit on most of day together then male goes gets food then he usually gives it female where she eats it higher up at back or they share a quail.
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Old 28-12-2014, 11:26 AM
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I'm the same, I hardly ever go in.
When I do, I can close the opening in the shed, so both Kestrels are in the flight section & check the eggs or ring the chicks without upsetting the parents too much, or I can also enter the flight end & change the bath water, both Kestrels will fly into the shed.
I couldn't find any old pictures so I've just taken these. The first one is them enjoying the sun. In the other you can just about see the opening into the shed/nest area.



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Old 28-12-2014, 06:57 PM
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I love kessies, such an overlooked bird
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Old 29-12-2014, 04:50 PM
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I love kessies, such an overlooked bird
James I don't understand your post! Overlooked by whom Grouse hawkers, Duck hawkers or maybe the Crow guys? Yes Kestrels are lovely but overlooked?

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Old 29-12-2014, 05:08 PM
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James I don't understand your post! Overlooked by whom Grouse hawkers, Duck hawkers or maybe the Crow guys? Yes Kestrels are lovely but overlooked?

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That's very witty, Trev.

Here's a famous poem, for James...so he knows the Kestrel has not been overlooked by poets.

The Windhover


I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, ľ the achieve of, the mastery of the thing.

Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!

No wonder of it: shÚer plˇd makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.


Whoops! Nearly forgot to credit the poem to Gerard Manley Hopkins (May 1877)
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Old 29-12-2014, 06:39 PM
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Many thanks Rene for the poem, it means a lot to me . . . .
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Old 29-12-2014, 06:42 PM
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Many thanks Rene for the poem, it means a lot to me . . . .
Glad you like it, made no sense whatsoever to me.
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Old 29-12-2014, 06:48 PM
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Glad you like it, made no sense whatsoever to me.


Here's one for you then, an extract from 'The Kestrel' by John Freeman.

'The kestrel's shadow hunted the kestrel up the hill.
We climbed, and as we stood (where yet we stand
And of the visioned sun and shadow still drink)
Happiness like a shadow chased our thought
That tossed on free wings up and down the world;
Till by that wild swift-darting shadow caught
Our free spirits their free pinions furled.
Then as the kestrel began once more the heavens to climb
A new-winged spirit rose clear above the hills of time.'
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Old 29-12-2014, 07:22 PM
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Mine are a new pairing and are noisy everyday,
My female is very noisey at the moment the male keeks a lot,the female was very aggressive towards me and the male.She has stopped this recently and has settled since i took her out and remanned her and put her back with male.Mel.
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Old 29-12-2014, 07:37 PM
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Mine are very terratorial, the male has his side and the female hers, they sit together in the middle most days and interact, the male will bow his head making a pecking type call and the female responds with what is more like a warble, however if they enter each others side the kecking and fighting start until they are back in thier own half, neither is dominent as the aggressor is the one that is in their own half, the fmale has made the nest box hers and the male never go's to it.

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Here's one for you then, an extract from 'The Kestrel' by John Freeman.

'The kestrel's shadow hunted the kestrel up the hill.
We climbed, and as we stood (where yet we stand
And of the visioned sun and shadow still drink)
Happiness like a shadow chased our thought
That tossed on free wings up and down the world;
Till by that wild swift-darting shadow caught
Our free spirits their free pinions furled.
Then as the kestrel began once more the heavens to climb
A new-winged spirit rose clear above the hills of time.'
More gobbledy gook, must be a class thing Rene
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