Nankeen Kestrel



Nankeen Kestrel Bob Winters
Nankeen Kestrel (Bob Winters)


The Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) is a slender bird of prey found

in many parts of Australia. With brown or rufous colouring to the upper

parts of their body and a pale underbelly accentuated by black

streaks they are relatively easy to identify.  Whilst modest in

size compared to other raptors found along the Southern Ocean Walk

such as the wedge tail and sea eagles they are striking none the less.


Nankeen Kestrel Birds as Poetry
Nankeen Kestrel (Birds as Poetry)


One of the hallmark characteristics of the Nankeen Kestrel is its superb

ability to hover using shallow wingbeats as though suspended in mid-air.

Once their quarry has been located they will plummet to a lower

altitude from which they can strike with great effect.

The exposed headlands of Deep Creek Conservation Park with pockets

of grassy areas are an ideal environment in which to sight these aerial acrobats.


Nankeen Kestrel 1
Nankeen Kestrel (Birds as Poetry)


They mainly feed on insects and small ground dwelling vertebrates

such as mice and reptiles.  Nesting can take place in a variety of sites

ranging from abandoned nests left by other birds to tree hollows or caves.

Pairs of kestrels often stay together for successive breeding seasons

with typically one to three eggs in a clutch each year.