Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).
The Kestrel is typically seen in hovering flight. Young birds frequently use fence posts and perches from which to hunt. Males are strongly marked with slate grey heads and tails whereas the females have brown heads and tail. Young Kestrels graduate from hunting insects such as grasshoppers to larger prey like mice and voles.
Male Kestrel hovering
Male Kestrel hovering
Female kestrel perched close up
Female kestrel perched close up
Kestrel in flight over reed bed
Kestrel in flight over reed bed
Kestrel flying over reeds Otmoor
Kestrel flying over reeds Otmoor
Female Kestrel hunting
Female Kestrel hunting
Kestrel about to catch prey...
Kestrel about to catch prey...
Kestrel about to catch prey
Kestrel about to catch prey
Kestrel in flight with mouse
Kestrel in flight with mouse
Kestrel with prey
Kestrel with prey