Den (dewhitton) wrote,

Adventures with Peewees and Kestrels

I was scattering food on the ground ("No food onna stick for you! You're wild birds! Be WILD! Get off my head.") for the peewees and magpies, when a movement caught my eye. I looked into the neighbour's yard and saw a kestrel closing in low and fast. He was flying straight at me and using the aluminium fence for cover. I had enough time to register that he was hunting peewees just as he flew up and over the fence.

"I say old chap! Do you mind not hunting my birds?" I said* as I waved my arms. Peewees gave the alarm call and there was a flurry on black-and-white as birds flew into the trees. The kestrel looks surprised at me leaping and waving and pulled up in a tight turn, entering the sycamore tree at high speed. There was a crash, a lot of screaming and swearing in Raptor, followed by a shower of old sycamore seeds and small brown feathers. After a moment he flew off. The yard was very quiet; the only movement were spinning sycamore seeds and feathers settling on the ground.

The only way I will ever be able to document any of this on film would be to wear a webcam every time I step outside.

Shades of Last year

*When this comes out it sounds a lot like "AAAARGGH! GETTOWDAVITYABASTARD! AAAGH! AAGH!" with leaping and waving.
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