Crécerelles

This spring a pair of kestrels (crécerelles in French) took up residence in the bulls-eye window at the apex of our neighbours' roof, 90-100 meters away. Here they successfully raised a brood of six chicks, which flew the nest over the course of a week in mid-June.

The young kestrels remained close by for the rest of the month, gradually moving from the rooftops to nearby trees, and we could hear the parents calling to them most of the day. Now, in October, we still hear and see them close by and further up the hillside hunting across the vines.

Although they were right at the limit of my longest lens, I set up a camera for a few days to capture some of the activity at the nest.