Over the past few seasons I’ve observed a pair of Nankeen Kestrels raising families from a hollow in a dead tree on the Moolort Plains. Typically the pair have raised three youngsters to fledging, abundant prey in the surrounding landscape providing a steady stream of food. I’ve only made a few visits this year but it’s been obvious that feeding visits are much less regular. A few weeks back I could see two small chicks in the hollow (only one is visible in the shot below) – it now appears only one has successfully fledged, a sign that things are much tougher in this dry season.
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