Leafing through The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds and their nests I come to the page on The Kestrel:
The Kestrel is a falcon, and this bird is often seen poised motionless in the air, or “hovering” as it is called, while it is looking on the ground below for mice and voles.
I saw this one in Italy:
It’s forty years since I first wrote about seeing a Kestrel in my nature notebooks:
I was probably 12 years old when I made this pencil sketch:
Here’s my modern digital photograph:
I definitely need to take some more, preferably with its face visible.