Grillaio in Matera

The Lesser Kestrel is such a disappointing English name for such a fantastic bird. The Italians call them Grillaio, after their main food, Grilli, or Crickets. In Matera they have arrived back from Africa and are everywhere on the rooftops:

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

They nest communally, perch on the buildings in the ancient city, and hunt for grasshoppers and mice:

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

This one has landed one-footed on the weather vane, still clutching its prey, and is struggling to keep its balance:

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

What a thrill to be surrounded by such wonderful birds.

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