With recent news breaking of a first summer Red-Footed Falcon showing and giving mouth watering views down to a matter of feet, it was a too good of an opportunity to miss with it being a 90 minute drive down the road. After seeing a couple of adult males and a previous first summer Derbyshire male, it still wasn't enough and managed to make it down there a few days into it's stay.
Summering in Eastern Europe, the migrant falcon exceeded expectations often coming close to the onlookers. It spend a lot of its time perched keeping an eye out for a meal. It seemed to mainly feed on worms and other invertebrates it could find.
It's plumage was a lot more advanced than the previous first summer male I'd seen, plumage can apparently vary quite a bit at this age as it moults towards its darker, majestic adult plumage.
It was quite mobile in the hour I was there but superb to get the close flight views as it moved around the entrance to Chatterley Whitfield Colliery.
A juvenile Black Redstart was also a nice edition to the day showing from distance around the building but people have been asked not to enter the white gates of the private site.
Here's a short video of the bird during the hour I was there