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Why Do Kestrels Soar?

Fig 2

Track of a lesser kestrel foraging trip using thermal soaring along the commuting flights.

(A) The white star represents the breeding colony. Each location of the path is colored according to flight altitude above ground level. Black arrows indicate movement direction. Red and blue boxes mark thermal soaring events. (B) Zoomed view of the thermal soaring event included in the red box. Locations are represented by triangles pointing to the direction of movement and its color indicates the circling direction either clockwise (red) or counterclockwise (blue). (C) Altitude and (D) climb speed profiles of the foraging trip. Red and blue shaded areas represent the thermal soaring events included in the boxes of panel A.

Fig 2