A Kestrel hangs poised and focused over the cliffs at Carnivan, waiting to pounce on its unsuspecting and unfortunate prey.
A common sight around the coasts this bird of prey can usually be seen hovering in the sky looking for it’s lunch. It mainly eats small mammals but can also be seen eating insects, invertebrates and sometimes birds.
The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is able to see near ultraviolet light and as such can clearly see the urine of rodents which means that they can focus their attention on the paths that these animals take. They require approximately 4-8 voles per day to sustain them.
Historically these birds were used by Humans to control pigeons.