This is a small, but common, bird of prey. Like many other kestrels it can hover - hence one of its older names "windhover". Its not the only small hawk in Australia that can hover, so this behaviour is not quite the 100% identification it is in other places.
All these images were taken at Point Lonsdale - which is about a two hours drive from my house.
The Australian Kestrel is sometimes called the Nankeen Kestrel, although it is suggested in some books that this is not really a good idea, as the bird does not come from Nanking in China! The word "Nankeen" actually relates to a type of "yellow or pale buff" cloth from Nanking in China. It goes by the binomial name of Falco cenchroides - which I believe means "falcon, somewhat like a kestrel"! There, we have that sorted out!
I think this bird is a female - the head and the back are very similar tones.
So, there we have a bird of prey post.
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