Kestrel – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

I can see a male Kestrel in the treetops as the sun sets near Liddington Castle.

Kestrel in the treetops - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s forty years since I saw one and noted it down in my nature notebooks:

Kestrel - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

I can still tell it’s a male Kestrel by the size, the grey head and the grey tail.

Kestrel in the treetops - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s perched in a tree just like that one was forty years ago.

Kestrel in the treetops - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And I still know that its scientific name is Falco tinnunculus.

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