This is a little post for Dawn Henning, an artist and blogger who creates the most amazing bird art… http://sketchjay.wordpress.com
I am just back from a weekend in Pembrokeshire… a weekend full of beaches, cliffs and so much different wildlife to take photos of. Along with seeing Dolphins on the shores of Britain for the first time, I was also very fortunate to find this little guy…
We were driving home from the children’s football match in the morning on Saturday, when I noticed a bird of prey on the ground… just sitting there. I asked my friend to quickly turn around and drive into the carpark, I sprang out and there he was, happily munching (what was) a pigeon. I was so amazed, as he didn’t fly away for ages. Luckily I had my camera to hand.
Let me introduce you to a young male Kestrel. I didn’t know he was a Kestrel until I got back and checked the bird book, but was very happy when I did. We have a lot of Buzzards in the west country, but have only ever seen one Kestrel before, and that was very far away as it was hovering near a cliff. I always feel very blessed to be in the presence of wildlife and this little chap made me feel this even more.
After this, we went to Mwnt beach which is where we saw the Dolphins and then, on the way home, on the motorway, we saw a red kite, but I was driving so I couldn’t very well get my camera out. I love Red Kites, they are most definitely my favourites as they are quite simply so graceful and have that beautiful burnt orange colour when the sun shines on them. I also really love Peregrin Falcons, though there aren’t that many of them around where we live – we need some more cliffs and more tall buildings!
Anyway, Sketchjay – enjoy! xx