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Nankeen Kestrels are commonly seen ranging all over the Island. Rottnest has six to ten resident breeding pairs. The young kestrels appear to leave the Island for the mainland once fledged.
This small falcon nests in cliff crevices, offshore stacks, old buildings or abandoned stick nests. It hunts by hovering then stooping (diving at speed) and snatching its prey in its talons. This distinctive hovering ability makes the Nankeen Kestrel easy to identify.