In Italian, the Common Kestrel is known as Gheppio, which is from the Latin, originally from the Ancient Greek for vulture.
This one is hunting mice by perching rather than hovering. It seems like a sensible energy-conserving strategy, as I sit down, rather than stand, to photograph it.
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