Oriental Bird Images

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus   - Female
Common Kestrel
Photographer : © Pranjal J Saikia
Location :Netsi Talab, Ramgarh, Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan, India
Date : 28 November 2016
English synonyms:Eurasian Kestrel, European Kestrel (tinnunculus), Kestrel, Old World Kestrel, Rock Kestrel, Eurasian Falcon
Bird Family :Falconidae - Falcons, Falconets & Kestrels
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :The Kestrel was feeding on clay/mud. The water was not at all muddy, but it chose the muddy patch from the side and stayed there for quite some time (much more than what it takes to drink water). It was certainly not drinking water. Then I thought it must have caught some small prey in the mud, but closer inspection I did not find any prey. And after it had left the water point, it was still munching on the mud/clay. A quite interesting behaviour. - PJS
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