47 thoughts on “What Does the Red Kite See …?”

  1. Oh wouldn’t it be just wonderful to be able to soar high and get the views the kite must have? This year we seem to have so many kites around and loads of buzzards. The other day there was even a short-toed eagle…truly magnificent!

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      1. Fabulous. Seen them in the M4 corridor for years, but they have now turned up in Hampshire 🙂 Love seeing them join the Black Kites in displays at our local Hawk Conservancy

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  2. Oh what a fabulous sight that Kite is! And what a great landscape…. As to what the bird sees, it’ll be looking for small scurrying creatures, doubt it has much time for the wider landscape!

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  3. Like Jude, I’m waiting for the kites to reach us. We saw them all the time when we lived in Oxon. They will get to us, I’m sure. They are spreading widely now.

    Beautiful shots, Margaret. Both the aerial and the earthbound.

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  4. They are really getting around – great after being almost extinct. I was mobbed by around 30 in a Chilterns car park in 2000. They are well established near Newcastle-upon-Tyne (our friends feed them), and around Loch Lomond. We have a growing number here in Essex. They ae the most beautiful birds, with striking wing markings and piercing eyes. To watch them delicately adjusting their deeply forked tails to maintain position in the air is magical. Apologies for going on – I love them.

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    1. So do I. You’re clearly more knowledgeable than me though. Thy’e increasingly something we’re able to observe regularly though as they spread inexorably northwards.

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  5. Mrgaret21: I don’t think so, but thank you. Can see why your blog is so successful. Google interesting maps of their distribution (some areas in Scotland, as well as their sole location prior to re-introduction, in Wales). Some much more knowledgeable than me say that they don’t necessarily travel very far from where re-introduced, so what seems to us inexorable spread may partly be the effect of new introductions. What is certain is that they are thriving (so we see them) – not least due to road-kill (as you say, they are scavengers, not hunters).

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    1. Actually, the introductions to Harewood some years ago have been interesting, They definitely have slowly increased their territories year on year without further introductions being made – southwards to Leeds, and northwards to Harrogate and beyond. From being rare marvels, they’ve become quite common. But still marvels!

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  6. Your header shot was close but you needed a powerful uplight!!! Are you allowed to post a link to a website with a good pic without having to seek permission?

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  7. You are too kind. Hope the others get to see it – they may have moved on. Don’t worry re more German stuff – you have done a great job already!

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