Autumn colours in Monkwood – and a kestrel encounter

Monkwood is a small wood about a mile from our front door in Wichenford. This autumn the colours have been particularly impressive, so on a sunny afternoon last week I went to take some photos.

Autumn colours in Monkwood

Autumn colours in Monkwood

Autumn colours in Monkwood

Autumn colours in Monkwood

Autumn colours in Monkwood

Autumn colours in Monkwood

Kestrel spotted near Broad Green

I was driving back from Broadwas a few days ago, and chanced upon a kestrel hovering above a field. It was close enough, and the lighting was right, for me to take a series of photos – the best of which are here.

Note: the photos are in chronological order but aren’t intended to map out the details of the kestrel’s hovering: my camera isn’t fast enough to allow for that. What they do reveal, though, is the bird’s intense concentration on one spot while it hovers.

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