A sign of the season?

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.


Nankeen Kestrel nestling, Moolort Plains, 3rd December 2015


The female above the nest in November.


Juvenile Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains, 26th December 2015.



One response to “A sign of the season?

  1. I may be like many of your readers/viewers Geoff as I have been waiting for news of this pair of Nankeen Kestrels and their 2015 offspring. The youngsters from previous years have been captivating. Nature has been at work with just one nestling, equally captivating, this year. Thankyou for the report and shots.

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