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Red Kite (image heavy!)

I never tire of photographing the red kites above the house and nearby. This was the scene on Wednesday during a welcome period of blue sky, if windy.

This red kit was circling - often low - near the house and you will see it managed to pick up a meal and was snacking on it - on the wing













Looks like I have been spotted!






What's that in the undercarriage? *LOL



Feet-forward and holding onto something, definitely



Mid-flight bite

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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

Lucky to have them so close. Great bif captures.
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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

Very nice Ian. Can you send some over to circle near my house please.

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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

I usually expect to see at least one every day if I go out for a day time walk for at least half an hour. Yesterday (not Wednesday, sorry) I saw this one out of the corner of my eye when I was in the kitchen, so I rushed off to get the camera, switch lenses and set the focus mode, ISO, metering, etc. It was still in silent shot mode for the first few

The most have seen in one look is three; they are very common now. Prior to 5-6 years ago they were very rare. The local crows and gulls give them a hard time.

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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

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This red kit was circling - often low - near the house and you will see it managed to pick up a meal and was snacking on it - on the wing Ian
Like eating breakfast on the train on the way to work.
Great shots, Ian. I see them here, flying too high.
One day I'll spot a kite that is scared of height.
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Like eating breakfast on the train on the way to work.
Great shots, Ian. I see them here, flying too high.
One day I'll spot a kite that is scared of height.
I thought you were writing a poem for a mo Mark.

What rhymes with height...…………...

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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

"... when the kite builds, look to. lesser linen." Shaks.

From their habit of building nests with bits of cloth and similar stuff. I've seen a kites nest with lots of plastic bags incorporated.

If leaving food out for them it should include fur and feather, otherwise they can suffer from dietary deficiencies.

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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

Great images. We have a pair of sparrowhawks (I think that's what they are) who live in trees pretty close by and I see them almost every day. They often take out a pigeon and leave a pile of feathers in our garden.
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"... when the kite builds, look to. lesser linen." Shaks.

From their habit of building nests with bits of cloth and similar stuff. I've seen a kites nest with lots of plastic bags incorporated.

If leaving food out for them it should include fur and feather, otherwise they can suffer from dietary deficiencies.

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That goes for Kookaburras here too, but it hurts when I've seen them slapping a baby blue tongue lizard (no fur) on a branch to make sure it's dead before eating though.
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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

Worth every image. Very nicely done.
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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

Nice to have them overhead everyday. Very nice shots. They must have been very close for 150mm lens.
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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

Excellent pictures and thanks for sharing

you comment they used to be rare - here are some quote from the Biography of Colonel Morrey Salmon who's bird pictures I am working to bring into the public domain and bring him back to the recognition he deserves

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In 1950 he resumed his association with another Welsh bird photographer, Arthur Brook, whom he had first met in 1921. Morrey began regular weekend visits to Aberedw in Radnorshire, where Arthur lived, both to photograph and to commence work on a new Handlist on the Birds of Radnorshire, having already completed The Birds of Pembrokeshire with Geoffrey Ingram and Ronald Lockley. Also that year he met by invitation Captain HRH Vaughan, a retired Royal Navy officer who lived in Randirmwyn, situated in the upper Towy Valley. Captain Vaughan was interested in the protection of the few remaining red kites breeding in his area and had heard of Morrey Salmon’s extensive knowledge of these birds.
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Nice to have them overhead everyday. Very nice shots. They must have been very close for 150mm lens.
This one was low at first, while I was getting the camera - about roof-height. But my shots were fair crops as it had gained altitude by then.

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Excellent pictures and thanks for sharing

you comment they used to be rare - here are some quote from the Biography of Colonel Morrey Salmon who's bird pictures I am working to bring into the public domain and bring him back to the recognition he deserves







I have his Edixa camera and his wonderful 460mm long - 120mm front element lens in my front room at the moment as well as his pentax camera. the Leica's are "on the way"

I'll post more about the project in the near future ...

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Very interesting, Andy - thanks. One theory is that they have benefitted from road kill, but clearly households are feeding tham as well.

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Re: Red Kite (image heavy!)

As well as being re-introduced into the Chilterns at Watlington, they were also re-introduced in Northampton and the Black Isle in Scotland. I understand that they've not done so well in the Black Isle, probably through persecution by gamekeepers (the 'guardians of the countryside'!) or maybe as a 'by kill' from poisoning Eagles.

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...kites-poisoned

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