Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:46
Thanks for that Sheps. I've seen them through at the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh - they have a good habitat for them there. I've not seen them close up enough to get a photo though.
I was just lucky today. I startled them and they flew up out the heather at the side of the path. The redness of the plumage made me think they were grouse at first, as that's the usual scenario - gives you such a fright! One wheeled up and round beside me and that's when I realised it was a falcon of some kind and assumed kestrel because of the colour. It's tricky when you're only get a quick glimpse too.
Beautiful birds aren't they?
There was a pair of buzzards up on the ridge too - could hear them but it was too cloudy to see them at that point. On the way back I could see them in the distance at the end of the plateau but they were too faraway to get a pic.
An extra one just for you....
You'll just have to take a trip up here sometime!
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