This post is the product of an entrancing two hours with the Australian Kestrel family on the Moolort Plains. As mentioned previously [see post], the nestlings first feed arrived on the dot at 8am, then again at 8.06, 8.25, 8.42 and 8.55. I lost count after that but all up there were about ten feeding visits between 8 and 10am. Each visit was signalled by vigorous, noisy begging by the nestlings as they spotted an adult nearby.
On some occasions the adult would make a shallow dive directly into the nest, while other times it would perch in the nest tree, above the hollow, before making its delivery. Each feeding visit lasted just a few seconds.
It seems I’ve been incorrect in my assertion regarding the absence of the male bird! The photograph below shows one of the parents arriving at the nest at around 9am. On closer inspection it clearly has a grey tail with pale barring and a grey crown, rather than the rufous, strongly barred tail and rufous crown of the female.