Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The 'Courtship' Has Begun......

The definition for Courting is: To behave so as to attract (a mate)
or to gain the favor of by attention or flattery or even
to gain 'love or affection'... but seeing as we are talking
about Kestrels the first definition is probably right on
although I would love to Romanticize it!!

As I get to work everyday... I look at this tree through my lens.
Most days She is there... He only comes to bring a prize
which is usually a juicy mouse. She's the dot at the
tippy top in the middle.

I arrived early and she already had the mouse on the
side of the building... She's not liking me watching.

He's sitting a little further down at the entrance to
last year's nest sight.

He watches her as she decided where to eat out of my sight.

She flies a little further away and up towards the roof
landing on the decorative wood...her mouse in tow

That wasn't working so she flies to the 'Tree'..

It's time to go into work, so as soon as I can I set up
the look out at the window and snap some more pictures

This is the scene I get to witness on most days.
I'll try not to be repetitious ... and post the same old
same old each time...

I am still in awe that I can actually witness this unfolding
again this year. Twice blessed I would say!

Soon I will catch them copulating and that will be
a great post... I saw it yesterday for the first but
missed the photo. So soon...............

The Courtship will last only about 9 days before egg laying
according to a web site called PubMed..
Then 30 days later the first little kestrel head will pop
up at the nesting cavity.. but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful birds.I am glad you are able to photograph them this way and share it with us on the blog.Thanks.

Marsha said...

I'm twice blessed just to see you posting them once again!

Beautiful photos Jalynn!

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh, if this is the "same old, same old" you need not worry about boring me. What a sight. I can't get enough of these lovely birds.

Bird Girl said...

You got some great shots at the nest site! People should be so happy that all these predatory birds are eating mice and squirrels - just think what the world would be like without them!!! If we could just teach them to eat starlings and house sparrows, too! (I guess sometimes they do). He is a handsome boy! Love to see them!

Tina said...

I really don't think people will get bored with any pictures you take of these birds! Wow and Wow!! What a lucky girl you are to see them!! You really caught some great action pics and I love the fact you will be posting more in the coming days!!

Kallen305 said...

I look forward to following this! Such incredible photos!

BirdBoy said...

WOW these are awesome shots! I dont have the pleasure to see Kestrels nesting near me. I try to soak them up during the fall and spring while they are migrating through.

Anonymous said...

Great story with the photos. All is good.

Shellmo said...

Beautiful series of photos and how exciting that you got shots of him w/ the prey in his claws! I hope you continue to keep us up to date!

The Birdlady said...

I'm SO glad they are back - wonderful photos.

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