Spotted this Kestrel sitting on a boat mast at the boat club at Titchfield Haven and despite having the sun behind him so not in the best position I was able to get closer and take a few pictures.
While watching the bird took off and started to hover right by the mast. Hovering is his method of hunting.
Without warning, he dived on to the ground catching a mouse which was about 6 foot from where I was standing. No, sadly I could not get any pictures of the moment it was just too close. The Kestrel sat on top of the mouse on the ground covering it with his wings for a few seconds ( I guess to ensure he had got a grip on it) before flying off with it dangling below held in his talons. The mouse was objecting loudly with a screech as it was taken off.