Thursday, 2 August 2012
Kendal Castle Kestrel
Spent a week-end in the Lake District, mostly in and around Kendal. We didn't really do a lot, just relaxed in the hotel and only ventured out into the cloud and the rain to visit the ruin of Kendal Castle which could be seen from our hotel. The ruin is on top of a pretty steep hill and is very 'ruinous', there not being a lot left of this 14th and 15th century building, home of the Parr family whose most famous member was Katherine Parr, the wife who outlived Henry the Eighth. I took my new camera along, just for the views really, but after climbing the only remaining tower Lisa noticed a male Kestrel hovering below us. I didn't manage to get any sort of shot off at this point, but the bird decided to perch on the ruin and pose beautifully for us. He then hovered a bit more where I managed to get the shots below, not great as he was facing the wrong way and the light was bloomin' awful, but it gave me a chance to see what this hand-held camera could do.