Jedda came to us in June 2016 from Gumbaya Park. She was a captive bred bird and is a human imprint – meaning that she thinks she’s a human or that humans are birds, just like Kevy our other Kestrel. Jedda was born in 2012 and since she arrived has learned extremely quickly to fly to and from the glove for rewards. Her only misgiving is that after a series of short flights, when she is given her final reward – the ‘big meal’, she mantels over the food and sometimes refuses to eat on the glove at all. Not very helpful when there are other birds to fly. She also tends to use people and large camera lenses as fence posts during displays, which can be exciting for the audience. Generally, Jedda is a great education bird as she seems to learn quickly.
Nankeen Kestrels are Australia’s smallest falcon. They are masters of hovering flight often seen suspended in the wind over paddocks, grasslands or roadsides scanning the ground for mice, lizards or other small prey.