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.
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.