The meaning of Sickle

The word falco, from falcon, means sickle. We’re watching Lesser Kestrels hunting in the fields outside Matera. It’s a breathtaking spot:

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

Across the nature reserve we can see a distant view of the city through the Giant Fennel:

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

The Lesser Kestrels hunt on the wing and swoop onto their prey:

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

We’ve seen them eat grasshoppers, crickets, centipedes, small rodents and three-toed skinks:

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

The use of the word ‘sickle’ to describe them is meant to be because of their talons. It seems more sensible that it comes from the shape of their wings. Like a sharpened sickle, Lesser Kestrels are just as deadly.

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

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