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Image Taken on 03 Oct 2019 at 07:16    Image of day on 19 Nov 2019

... underlights this Red Kite ...


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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2017 at 09:33    Image of day on 26 Oct 2017

The Red Kite was biting pieces from the prey (a Rodent judging by the tail) as it flew majestically along.


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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2017 at 12:43    Image of day on 14 Nov 2017

The other Red Kite winged it's way by, eating it's 'lunch' as it went.
Did the corvids want to get rid of the bird, or to steal it's catch?


Ref: 20171114_df3_20171006_1243_106 red kite in flight eating prey in talons accompanied by 2 of 3 corvids 4 of 6 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 06 Oct 2017 at 12:43    Image of day on 14 Nov 2017

One of two Red Kites flew about for a couple of minutes, continuously harassed by Corvids before departing. This Jackdaw couldn't keep up with the much bigger bird.


Ref: 20171114_df3_20171006_1243_035-037 red kite in flight harassed by jackdaw 1-3 of 5 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 06 Oct 2017 at 12:44    Image of day on 14 Nov 2017

Rooks are larger than Jackdaws and can just about keep up with a Red Kite.


Ref: 20171114_df3_20171006_1244_157-162 red kite in flight harassed by rook 1-6 of 6 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 20 Jun 2016 at 16:35    Image of day on 02 Aug 2016

Our description of a three-quarter turn here is almost accurate but we had not realised the Red Kite changed direction and flew off. This is about 1 frame in 4 (a bit less than a second per image) compacted to keep the whole design at a reasonable size.


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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2017 at 14:42    Image of day on 16 Oct 2017

For a few days 3 Red Kites have been frequenting the area on all four sides as harvesting and re-seeding progresses.


Ref: 20171016_df3_20170826_1442_068-073 red kite in flight near brook to north 09-14 of 17 (accurate montage @ 7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 26 Aug 2017 at 14:42    Image of day on 16 Oct 2017

For a few days 3 Red Kites have been frequenting the area on all four sides as harvesting and re-seeding progresses.


Ref: 20171016_df3_20170826_1442_034-040 red kite in flight near brook to north 1-7 of 7 (accurate montage @ 7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 23 Jan 2019 at 15:00    Image of day on 20 Feb 2019

A Thrilling couple of minutes as this Red Kite circled around our heads in some unaccustomed clear blue sky. Watch the tail twisting through 90 degrees as the bird turns through the sky, so far that we start to see the 'top'


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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2017 at 07:03    Image of day on 07 Oct 2017

This Red Kite being pursued by a carrion crow - the crow is just about able to keep up. On another occasion we observed that Jackdaws can't keep up with Red Kites even if the kite is not trying to get away.


Ref: 20171007_df3_20170820_0703_121-125 red kite in flight pursued by carrion crow 01-05 of 14 (impression montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 16 Sep 2017 at 09:34    Image of day on 26 Oct 2017

By now the Rooks had noticed the Red Kite in 'their' patch and set off in hot pursuit.


Ref: 20171026_df3_20170916_0934_169+171+173+175+176 red kite in flight pursued by rook 1+3+5+7+8 of 8 (mostly accurate montage @ 7 fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 09 Nov 2008 at 09:54    Image of day on 22 Nov 2008

Surprise first sighting here of a Red Kite. The rooks took a dim view of this 'interloper' and soon chased it off.


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Image Taken on 25 Oct 2018 at 10:16    Image of day on 18 Dec 2018

This Red Kite was flying over the fields to our South West is defending itself intermittently from the Rooks and Gulls. They want to win the Kite's prize of what looks to us like a male Blackbird clasped in the talons.


Ref: 20181218_df3_20181025_1016_043-045 red kite in flight with blackbird male in talons 03-05 of 11 (accurate montage at @7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 16 Sep 2017 at 09:33    Image of day on 26 Oct 2017

A beautiful Red Kite, beak open and peering at the ground. We can just see that there is something grasped in the talons.


Ref: 20171026_df3_20170916_0933_132 red kite in flight with prey in talons(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 16 Oct 2017 at 12:02    Image of day on 26 Nov 2017

Against the here clearly orange sky from the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia, here is a good view of the orange tail-top and the sharp hooked tip of the bill.


Ref: 20171126_df3_20171016_1202_096 red kite in flight with sky hazy from hurricane ophelia(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 14:35    Image of day on 03 Oct 2017

A Red Kite was making the characteristic circles while climbing in a thermal. We got the whole of a circle in 76 frames, so at 7 fps it took about 10 second per 'lap'. Trying to rebuild the real positions for 76 images would not show much detail, so here is a selection arranged in a circle. The sequence starts at 10 o'clock, and ends with the slightly smaller image (because higher and further away) at 8 o'clock.


Ref: 20171003_df3_20170813_1435_262-337 red kite making complete circle in thermal 01+11+19+32+41+51+58+65 of 76 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 26 Aug 2017 at 14:43    Image of day on 17 Oct 2017

Here a Red Kite was rising in the thermal making 'lazy circles in the sky'.
This montage is built from a continuous sequence of photos at about 7fps (given a few momentary hesitations near the end when the camera could barely cope) and we montaged this (about 12 seconds) of flight using clouds for reference. This is typically every 3rd frame with a few adjustments to overcome obvious discontinuities.
This seemed like a 'circle' to us at the time, but it is a sort of epicycle like those needed to make the Ptolemaic Geocentric model of the solar system approximate reality. How many 'modern' scientific ideas will seem as silly the future?
We have all 84 images archived if anybody is mad enough to want them.


Ref: 20171017_df3_20170826_1443_156-236 red kite making complete circle in thermal approx every 3rd 04-84 of 84 (near accurate montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 24 Sep 2016 at 12:37    Image of day on 12 Nov 2016

The same bird continued circling, but then made this abrupt aerobraking manoeuvrer to turn in just over 1 second. We never worked out what the 'hurry' was.


Ref: 20161112_df3_20160924_1237_089-098 red kite making sharp turn in flight 02+06+-08+11 of 11 (close spaced montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 26 Aug 2017 at 14:44    Image of day on 17 Oct 2017

The circling Red Kite then flew right overhead as it used it's potential energy to head off south.


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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2018 at 12:29    Image of day on 11 Nov 2018

Here over 2 seconds you see the Red Kite 'rolling' to give us views of top and bottom of the wings.


Ref: 20181111_df3_20180918_1229_083-095 red kite rolling in flight 1-5 of 5 (montage just under 2 seconds)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


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