QOTD - What's your favourite book to movie adaptation?
A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines. A touching story of a teenage boy in Yorkshire in the 60s. I've had this book since I was a teenager and never read it. Until now!
Billy hates school. He's 14 so it's nearly time for him to leave and he doesn't know what to do with the rest of his life. His older brother is his only father figure and insists he become a coal miner too. Unsurprisingly, Billy isn't a huge fan of that idea.
Stealing a book from the library, Billy learns about hawking and steals a kestrel chick from a nest. Finally interested in something, he looks after it as long as he can.
This book is a lovely coming-of-age story of an age that is, thankfully, long gone. I wasn't a huge fan of the Yorkshire-based speech, but I'm not a stranger to it so plodded through it. It's a very short read, but is filled with details of Billy's home and school life. I've seen the movie a few times so nothing was a shock, but there were additional scenes that didn't feature in the movie. Hines says in the afterword that he found some parts to be unfilmable so had to scrap them.
An interesting read and I'd recommend it if you can find a copy.
🇬🇧: Pair of American kestrels (Falco sparverius cinnamonimus) male (♂️) on the left, female (♀️) on the right.
🇪🇸: Pareja de Halcóncitos comunes o Cernícalos americanos (Falco sparverius cinnamonimus) male (♂️) en la izquierda, hembra (♀️) a la derecha.
While we were waiting for the sunset for our landscape shoot, I was taking some flamingo pictures on the other side of the marsh. Out of nowhere, this small bird of prey flew by and hover around us for few seconds. I had no idea what it even was, as it was my first sight and from a pretty close range. I was so excited watching it hunt. It was aiming for something below the water around us, unfortunately it missed the catch and flew away. I guess sometimes, wildlife is about getting lucky. -