Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

 

You are most likely to see Kestrels while you are driving. With pointed wings & a long tail hovering about 10 to 20 meters above the roadside verge, with their head fixated on the ground,once the kestrel spots its prey, the bird drops in stages, before finally pouncing or using the falcon signature stoop onto its prey-grasping with its talons.

 Keris the urine trails left behind by rodents, as Kestrels are able to see ultraviolet light which enables them to see these trails & if you are really lucky, you might see them spot something & pull a stoop!

 

As hatchlings they are covered in down white feathers, but as they mature they grow their first true plumage this is mainly light chestnut brown with black speckles on the upper side, black bars across the tail ending with a black tip with a narrow white rim. The underside has a blond buff with a lighter with more narrow brownish specks.  Upon their second year, Kestrels display sexual colour dimorphism with the males having fewer speckles, as well as a blue-grey cap & tail.

Merlin (Falco Columbarius) 

 

The Merlin is the smallest speices of falcon living here in the UK. Found in across the Uk favouring moorland. Often seen perched on low posts, rocks & higher peaks of eath; scanning it's seroundings. 

It flys low the the ground with fast wing beats. On sighting its prey the Merlin rises above it, then drops & sinks in its talons.