Yesterday I discovered in the air above my garden two kestrels, which were performing exciting flight maneuvers.
Nothing like a typical "hover flight":
They were dashing agile to and fro and …
… first their dynamic acrobatically looking flights didn't make any sense to me;
Until I finally noticed, that their claws again and again went to their beak. They were hunting for insects in the air!
At eye level a remarkable number of big dragonflies were flying around in my garden. Were the kestrels after such a flock of dragonflies at a higher level or did they hunt for flying ants which hatched after the first rainfalls? Unfortunately I cannot say. It was the first time, that I saw kestrels hunting in the air for insects and I was very impressed how fast and maneuverable they were doing that. They were performing zigzag leaping, flew head over to immediately turn again. What a spectacle!
October 10 2010