Red Kite in Camoflage Roost at Sunset

Red Kite in Camoflage Roost at Sunset

Out watching Red Kites one evening I heard the distinctive cry of the kite coming from a tree overhead. It took a while to spot it, but this handsome fellow had taken up his evening roost. Once you find him he is hard to miss, but still well camoflaged, with the low evening sun lighting him up.The Red Kite is considered to be a threatened species, but re-introduction of this bird has been very successful in some areas, especially in the Chilterns where they seem to be everywhere. A fairly large bird, a small number were spotted with radio transmitters on their backs, so obviously science is trying to figure out where they are safe and where they are not. It is beautiful to watch them swoop and hover and their distinctive call gives one the impression that they are delighted to be flying. They do not stay still for long and they are hard to photograph as a result.

Chris Langley

Image size: 6000 x 4000, 8.66Mb | Camera details: ILCE-6000 | Date uploaded: 06/07/2018

Chris Langley | Red Kite in Camoflage Roost at Sunset
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