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Kestrel, Dickinson's

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:48 pm

The first time I saw a Dickinson’s kestrel, (Falco dickinsoni) was on the famous KNP Mahoni loop near Punda Maria. It sat sharing a tree with a lilac-breasted roller, giving me a good size reference. The only “evidence” I could manage of the sighting was a hand-held cell phone camera shot through the eyepiece of my spotting scope… the ultimate digiscoping experience! :lol:

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Dickinson’s kestrel occurs in lightly wooded areas with exposed perches and sparse groundcover, spending more time on exposed perches in winter than in the breeding season, when it tends to perch more in hidden shady areas. It occurs singly or in pairs, often along roads.

Dickinson’s preys mainly on rodents, lizards, small birds, frogs and insects, which it captures on the ground after diving from an exposed perch or after an aerial pursuit. Unlike most other kestrels Dickinson’s does not hover.

My second encounter with DK was just north of the Babalala picnic spot on the Shingwedzi/Punda road.

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Again I had other birds (Magpie shrikes) in close proximity giving a nice size-comparison… This time the kestrel didn’t stay on its original perch like forever, but moved about, giving me better opportunities to photograph it.

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Re: Kestrel, Dickinson's

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:37 am

Wow.. nice cardboard cut-outs of a Dickinson Kestrel there JVR!! :twisted:

No seriously, very jealous!

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Re: Kestrel, Dickinson's

Unread postby adrianp » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:14 pm

:mrgreen: Seriously jealous too!!!

It looks a lot smaller than I expected.

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Re: Kestrel, Dickinson's

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:54 pm

adrianp wrote::mrgreen: Seriously jealous too!!!

It looks a lot smaller than I expected.


Pygmy falcon and little sparrowhawk are the only South African raptors smaller than the Dickinson's kestrel :thumbs_up: Even the lilac-breasted roller seen in the first pic is considerably bigger than DK...
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Re: Kestrel, Dickinson's

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Re: Kestrel, Dickinson's

Unread postby Batmad » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:34 pm

My take on a Dickinsons Kestrel last week on the Mahonie Loop near Punda Maria..

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