02 March 2012 – challenging Lesser Kestrels…

Today was just one of those spectacular days here in Cape Town. A perfect summer’s day with just a slight breeze. Such a beautiful evening could not be wasted, so we decided to take a drive out to Wellington to see if we could finally add Lesser Kestrel to our challenge list.

We got there just in time. As we arrived, the Kestrels were starting to fall out of the sky, gathering on the pylons for a short while before they all disappear to a tree in the village. It’s quite a sight to see all these Lesser Kestrels “falling” out of the sky. Unfortunately, the numbers weren’t great – I would estimate about 200, but we’ve been there in the past where it felt like thousands. Who knows why the numbers have dropped off so significantly! If you are lucky enough, you might even pick up an Amur Falcon in and amongst them (another potential challenge tick), but unfortunately not this time…

Well, with the evenings challenge completed, it was time to head back home with a spectacular sunset and Table Mountain in the background. Another tough day in Africa!

Lesser Kestrels gathering on the pylons

female Lesser Kestrel


~ by hardakerwildlife on March 8, 2012.

2 Responses to “02 March 2012 – challenging Lesser Kestrels…”

  1. Wow It must have been an awesome experience I wish I was there to see it
    Thank you for sharing :-D))

  2. Just been doing bird monitoring in Molteno in the Eastern Cape where there are literally hundreds of Amur Falcons on the wires. They were swooping in front of us all day long.

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