It seemed like an age to get there but as soon as we arrived at the spot it was on show; catching insects and dragonflies over the river Trent on a quite pleasant morning. It was great to watch, it was a 1st summer male which I personally think this plumage makes the birds more handsome than adult males. I was finally watching my first Red-footed Falcon flying overhead catching insects and generally showing well. Was great to watch and the added bonus of the local Hobby's added to the days enjoyment. I didn't see it perched up only in flight, but I wasn't going to moan about it; they are better in flight anyway. Highlight for me was when it caught what I presume was a Banded Demoiselle quickly ripped its wings off and consumed it in a matter of seconds. They sure have refined their technique, great bird! Another major contender as one of the top birds of the year.
Derek Charlton's attempt to film this ace bird:
(Red-footed Falcon - © Derek Charlton)
(Red-footed Falcon - © Neil Loverock)