(above) MK in K-2 nest box March 22/21 3:46 pm. CT.
(above) March 25/21 MK and FK in H.M.K.T. nest box bowing to each other. (part of mating)
FK in K-2 nest box March 24/21 (above) FK in K-2 nest box March 25/21
(above) March 30/21 FK. and MK. resting during storm in H.M.K.T. nest box
(above) APRIL 12/2021 Inside of K-2 nest box (right) and H.M.K.T. nest box (left). This was during snow storm.
( above ) April 13/2021 (left) MK. in H.M.K.T. nest box setting a new record for longest sleep in a nest box. 13hrs & 32min. (right) you can clearly see where MK. slept and snow he melted.
(above) MK. aka Mr. Manitoba the mean killing machine. April 16/2021
(above) FK. aka Lady Winnipeg. He's not so mean ! 2021
Here are 6 photos of the Kestrel tree/poles we set up a few days ago.
Drilling 3 feet into the ground, inserting a galvanized pipe, back filling and then inserting the K tree/poles.
We have numbered them from 1 to 4 for easy ID when we write in our log book.
It may appear the K tree/poles are very close to the nest boxes. In actuality they are very far away.
Both K’S have already used the tree/poles.
( above ) FK. and her 1st egg and furry friend
( above ) MK. proud dad of his 1st egg, not sure of what he thinks of furry friend.
(above ) MAY 4/2021 MK. checking out his 2 eggs.
( above ) MK.’s and FK.’s 4 eggs May 8/2021
May 10/2021 ( above ) left FK. and her 5 eggs May 10/2021 ( above ) right the eggs stand alone.
( above ) MAY 6/2021 MK. checking on his 3 eggs.
MK. proud of 5 eggs. FK. Soon they will hatch.
(below) Photos of the hatch June 5. 2021
Many years of the American Kestrel Falcon research, Nu-Sun Cinema is also doing more education of these pint size predators. Sometimes showing a photo or video of the eggs is fine but to hold one in your hand is much more interactive. To get permits to have real eggs is nothing but a hassle and the real eggs could not be handled because they are very fragile.
Earlier this year 2021 we had 6 3D print plastic eggs made. They were all white and took some sanding and shaping to achieve the true Kestrel egg shape. Then with many painting techniques we finally achieved the look of reality.
Now a hands-on aspect is used in our presentations. Whenever permitted and then our audience can hold a Kestrel egg.
( left ) our replica eggs.
( Below ) Photos of Kestrel tree poles with areas of grass not cut for better hunting for FK. and MK. Lets mice, voles and insects places to hind. MK. and FK. love to hunt from the 4 Kestrel tree poles which allow them to be very close to their nest box.