Beeding Hill

I popped in to see the Red-footed Falcon again this evening as I was on my way back from Brighton, and this time I had my spare camera battery with me! When I arrived the bird was very close, just a couple of posts down on its favoured south-running fence, which allowed for some nice photos. The Birds of the Western Palaearctic suggests these birds are quite tolerant of people, and that proved correct this evening with the bird perched up close to the footpath despite all the birders, dog walkers, and cyclists, and the huge expanse of the South Downs away from people it could otherwise have chosen to favour. At one point it hovered briefly just four feet away, and at other times it would be on the deck hunting insects, typical behaviours of this species. Most of the time, though, it chose to sat perched on a post, just watching and seemingly curious with the people around. It was a shame to see that the large grass verge along the path had been heavily trampled by the crowds of birders who have visited here over the past week or so. The farmers don't leave much on the South Downs and one wonders how much wildlife has been damaged for views of this bird.

Red-footed Falcon

Red-footed Falcon

Red-footed Falcon

Red-footed Falcon

Red-footed Falcon

Red-footed Falcon

Red-footed Falcon

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