Female Kestrel hunting


This female Kestrel, perched on a hawthorn, watched the meadow below intently. At some point it took off and flew to the grass, probably having spotted a vole or wood mouse. A pencil and watercolour sketch on my wacom tablet.

Male Kestrel perched on a tree

Male Kestrel perched2


Although they use hovering is a distinctive hunting strategy, kestrels spend much of their time perched from posts, branches and wires, watching the ground intently on the lookout for their. I based this on some sketches on very grainy photos taken during an outing for the University Birdwatch Challenge at Hull, where we watched a male kestrel in a small brownfield patch by a car park.