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Monday, March 20, 2017

Kestrel and Kinsol Trestle

A few more photos of our encounter with the Kestrel the other day.

We rarely get up close to a Kestrel as they are very shy and seldom let you get a close up photo.  This one was very carefree.  He could not have cared what we did. It was a rainy day so we left him with his job of collecting some kind of worms. 

Looking Pretty.

More Worm Eating.

A Good Shake Out.

And Fly Off.  Bye Bye Kestrel. We were in the truck and he was obviously very comfortable with cars and trucks. He is on a wire fence for Good Fences.

The Kinsol Trestle or the Koksilah Trestle is the largest wooden trestle in the Commonwealth of Nations.  It is one of the highest railway trestles in the world. It was built to connect Victoria and Nootka Sound for transport for the lumber industry. It was completed in 1920 but in time became unsafe and has now been rebuilt and restored.  These pictures below show it before it was restored and the short video shows it as it is today all new and lovely. People come from all over the world to see it. I do have pictures of the new version but they are in a separate hard drive now. 

And Just for Fun I Have:  a little video of a Killdeer!

Thank you to these meme hosts for allowing bloggers to share their story.  Click on these links to find great blogs and photos. This post is for these wonderful bloggers:

Nature Notes Tuesday Thank you to Ramblingwoods
Our World Tuesday  Thank you to the Our World Team
Wild Bird Wednesday Thank you to Stewart
ABC Wednesday   Thank you to Mrs. Nesbitt and the Team
                                We are at the Letter "K"
GoodFences Thursday Thank you to Gosia



  1. Beautiful bird photography and lovely video ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Lovely Week ahead ~ ^_^

  2. The kildeer video is cute -- they always run run in circles whenever I'm anywhere near -- I always want to say, "Don't worry Ms Kildeer, I wouldn't harm you or your nest for anything in the world. Don't work so hard running away from me." LOvely shots of the kestrel too. Another shy bird, as you say!

  3. That kestrel is a pretty bird!

  4. Such good catches!

  5. Beautiful Kestrel, and I enjoyed the Killdeer video.
    Hope you are having a good week!

  6. I like the little bird video. Whatever song it is singing, it sure sounds like spring!!

  7. Hello, awesome sightings and photos. The Kestrel is beautiful and I love the sweet killdeer! Have a happy day!

  8. as a lover of birds you did me a great pleasure, lovely creature and beautiful photos

    Have a nice ABC-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  9. thank you, mr kestrel

  10. Lovely videos and your photos are really great, too!

  11. What a great looking bird.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  12. Très joli portrait du petit faucon ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

  13. THE best Kestrel picture I have ever seen! He is really puffed up, so I can literally see how cold he is!

  14. Very Krisp and Kute Kaptures! :)
    Happy ABCW!

  15. Wow that trestle is amazing..so glad it was restored...Lucky to catch that kestrel.... Love the killdeer too Nora...Michelle

  16. Love the Kestrel... I've never seen one.... And the Killdeer is such a Cutie....

    I grew up in the coal mining areas of southwestern Virginia. My Dad worked for the railroad.. There were old trestles in many places throughout those Appalachian Mountains... Your mention of trestles brought back childhood memories to me... Thanks!!!


  17. Wow - I've never had a kestrel sit still for that long - great photos - and wonderful to catch it in flight. Adore the killdeer video - and the trestle is amazing - though I'm fairly sure I'd never venture out there - thanks for taking us on the tour of it.


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