The Lesser Kestrel is a small
lives in the mediterranean areas of our continent, being its diet strictly
connected to insects. It's a bird of prey with unusual habits: it leads a
gregarious life, hunting in group and nesting in colonies, mostly on the buildings of old
historic towns. These two factors together constitute a particularity in the fascinating world of diurnal birds of
besides already represented in our cities by Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon.
sight of thousands of little shouting falcons flying in circles on the roofs of
Sassi di Matera worth for itself a trip in Basilicata, even beyond the merits of a
town which has very few rivals in Italy for beauty, and which is just penalized
by its being away from the touristic traditional routes. In Matera (which together with the neighbors
towns of the Murge represents the only Italian area where to see this phenomenon), the
Lesser Kestrel enjoys good health and it's in numerical increase, in
countertendency in regards to the negative trend of the species in the other areas of traditional presence
(Spain, for instance).
town the falcons feed, mate and breed on the roofs of the houses, on the eaves, in the walls
holes; They are visible everywhere, since their arrival in March to their departure for the migration in late
in this way becoming a characteristic feature of the urban landscape. Despite all
they keep a safe distance from inhabitants and tourists, even if they seem
apparently indifferent to the human presence; an indifference absolutely
reciprocal, if it's not for the few nature lovers lurking in the small lanes and on the
terraces, the eyes behind binoculars and cameras, still watched by passer-bys with curiosity mixed to
also the related Portfolio.