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Red Kites (Wales, UK)

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Apr 16, 2012 16:36 |  #1

I took my first trip to a Red Kite (external link) feeding station this last weekend.

From http://www.forestry.go​ (external link)

About Red Kites

There were more red kites than any other bird of prey in the UK in Shakespeare’s time. Red kites were a very common sight over towns and cities, scavenging on streets and waste tips. They were, at this time protected by law.

Around the reign of King Henry VIII, attitudes changed towards red kites and their large numbers were seen as a nuisance. Sadly this led to their downfall and they soon became extinct in England, Scotland and Ireland.
It was only in the valleys of Mid Wales that a few kites managed to survive with just 1 breeding pair left alive. Fortunately local landowners decided to set up a protection programme to make sure they survived.

Over about 100 years organisations such as the Welsh Kite Trust (WKT), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) made great efforts to keep them safe. Today, there are more than 1000 breeding pairs in Wales and it is now Wales’ National Bird of Prey.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre (external link) is one of the sites where the Red Kites are fed daily, at 3pm

Viewing for the photographer is excellent, although today, the weather was decidedly overcast with a rather sensaional hail storm !

Apparently they can get up to 200 birds each day, although at this time of year, the females are sitting on the nests up to 10 kilometers away, so we only had a showing of around 100 birds.

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IMG_0163 (external link) by Trugga (external link), on Flickr

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IMG_0166 (external link) by Trugga (external link), on Flickr

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IMG_0192 (external link) by Trugga (external link), on Flickr

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IMG_0143 - Red Kite Hide (external link) by Trugga (external link), on Flickr

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IMG_0123 - Red Kites (external link) by Trugga (external link), on Flickr

I must return there later in the year when there is better light.


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Apr 16, 2012 17:31 |  #2

Sounds like a great place to visit!!!!! Pity about the weather, you did well considering.


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Apr 16, 2012 17:32 |  #3

Well done love these birds. Thanks for sharing.

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Apr 16, 2012 17:40 |  #4

That is something to see. I need to try that around here. Nice set.

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Apr 16, 2012 22:07 |  #5

Nice images and great information...If I ever visit the UK I am going there :-)

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Apr 17, 2012 03:58 |  #6

In recent years the RSPB has help with re-introduction of the species into several areas of England. They have been very successful and there are now many hundreds breeding pairs. One of the best spots for seeing them is in Buckinghamshire between Oxford and Beaconsfield where there are some areas of open common land where large numbers can be seen at low level and present themselves for great photo opportunities. Now I have my 100-400L I think its time I get out and tried to capture some good shots.

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Apr 17, 2012 04:47 |  #7

Well done, an excellent rear, amazing only 2 left at one point. Well done!

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Apr 17, 2012 19:17 as a reply to  @ Oldjackssparrows's post |  #8

Only 100 birds Lawrence? I pity you my good man! :)
What an awesome opportunity and you took excellent advantage of it with some very nice captures. And it's a great story too. I hope the Red Kites continue to do well there and give you every chance to return. Well done!

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Apr 18, 2012 05:45 |  #9

real nice to see . i visited a place called delgaty in Scotland five years ago that was a feeding station for red kites, ive been hooked on these birds ever since . i am now living in hertfordshire & to my delight we have a local population that were introduced 4 years ago , & am now seeing them over my house on a regular basis , i am yet to get a decent shot as these are not fed & are real shy as soon as you stop near them they just drift off. great effort on your pics considering the light conditions.

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Apr 18, 2012 06:45 |  #10

Great shots. Hope that is rain and not snow falling.

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