Is there a more picturesque village than Corfe Castle?
Rising up to either side of the castle the chalk ridge of the Purbecks cuts across the peninsula leaving the castle effectively at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck.
Due to its prominent location within the landscape the Purbeck ridge attracts a variety of migrants with the chalk hills being the last stop for many birds before reaching the English Channel. In addition to birds literally thousands of insects pass through attracting the attention of the resident Kestrels and occasional Hobby.
Interesting to see the variety of hunting techniques used by the Kestrels. Swooping down to pluck a dragonfly out of the air the Kestrel demonstrates the hunting skills more commonly seen in Hobby’s and the larger Falcons.
Watching the Kestrels hunting along the Purbecks is definitely one of summer’s highlights. The sheer range of aerobatic skills and hunting techniques is astonishing. The fact that most of it is taking place at eye level makes for a breathtaking display.