Meet the Neighbours
Friday, December 2, 2011 11:25:39 AM
If that wasn't odd enough, no sooner had the green woodpecker hopped onto another trunk when I noticed a greater spotted woodpecker in the party as well!
Kestrels are primarily predators of rodents, and certainly present no real risk to any bird the size of a green woodpecker, but given how over-reactive prey species tend to be towards anything that looks vaguely like a raptor, the complete indifference of the kestrel's neighbours still came as some surprise. The kestrel itself did not offer them a glance, and merely indulged in a morning preen.
It was nice to be able to watch a kestrel doing something other than hovering by a roadside, but the distance was very great; these pictures are all crops of 500mm. Closer at hand, Khamsin was enjoying the frosty morning
And two herons were on the river, one with an excuse for not moving much
...and the other watching intently...
...before exiting with some degree of grace.
On a different note, magpies seem to have had a corvid monopoly of my blog recently. We have four of their relations here as well, one of which is the brightly-coloured jay that occasionally turns up in these posts. Here are the other three!