Within ten minutes she flew to her favoured dust bowl location only to find that last nights rain and this mornings sunshine had turned it into a mud cake,
She tried to raise some dust to help clear parasites and fleas but soon gave up, Better luck tomorrow maybe!
Returning to base for a good old fashioned preening of all feathers right down to her tail tips
Time for a little stretching and limbering up before:
Flying off for a little more hunting,
She soon returned with another vole which she made no attempt to eat but took straight to one of her favoured stash points, This is a positive sign that their territory is productive and should help stimulate a will to produce another brood
Kevin should very soon take over the role of supplying Kate with prey to prove his capability as provider when a brood arrives, Prey hand-over makes an excellent interaction image and I look forward to this years experience,