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11 June 2013

Kestrel chicks eat a Bank Vole

Female Kestrel feeds a Bank Vole to her five chicks (John Lusby).

In this fantastic nest camera footage we see a female Kestrel feed a Bank Vole to her five young chicks. The nest box is in Co. Kerry, and the chicks are probably between 6 and 12 days old. Shortly before, the female had arrived at the nest and the male arrived shortly after and presented her with the catch before he flew off. After a cautionary pause, sitting a short distance away, she flew to the nest box with her prey. Watch as she feeds it to her hungry brood.

This is the nest box which featured in previous posts, eg, HERE and HERE

Filmed under licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.