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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 39

Image Taken on 25 Feb 2020 at 09:56    Image of day on 18 Mar 2020

Having escaped an annoying Rook, this Red Kite brings the prey forwards in the Talons to have a bit of it as an in-flight snack. This is about half a second of action.

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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2017 at 13:51    Image of day on 07 Oct 2017

A Red Kite with some rodent in it's talons, taking bites from it as it flies along.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2011 at 12:45    Image of day on 26 Sep 2011

This red kite made a nice if distant flyby. This is an arbitrary montage of 3 images. We unusually have the top of the bird as it banked, but this time no wing tags to report the colours/numbers of. Some of you tell us of dozens of kites at once, but we are delighted with just the odd one for now.

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2014 at 12:28    Image of day on 13 Aug 2014

There are between 1000 and 1600 pairs of Red Kites in the whole UK (depending on who you listen to) so we feel quite privileged to see even one at all visiting our little patch several times a year.

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Image Taken on 07 Dec 2014 at 10:59    Image of day on 23 Jan 2015

Did the Red Kite want another look at us before it departed? We doubt it, but it gave us a final look at this glorious bird (arranged for effect rather than accuracy) before it drifted South towards Milton Keynes.

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Image Taken on 07 Dec 2014 at 10:59    Image of day on 23 Jan 2015

The Red Kite's languid flight eventually took it almost overhead of us. There is no doubt the bird was keeping it's eyes on the strange creatures (us) below.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2017 at 15:12    Image of day on 07 Oct 2017

If we keep still the Kites mostly ignore us, as this one flying overhead.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 15:13    Image of day on 20 Jul 2014

This Red Kite made a couple of circles overhead

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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2019 at 15:28    Image of day on 13 Sep 2019

At the other end of the flying-creature scale, this Red Kite glides overhead in the baking afternoon sun. The images are close-spaced at about 1 per second

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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2017 at 12:02    Image of day on 27 Nov 2017

This single image seemed to us to capture the endless harassment Red Kites get from the Rooks - usually 3 to 10 rooks (sometimes FAR more) chasing the bird with one or two brave or particularly fit birds doing threatening swoops.
The orange tinge to the sky is from the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018 at 10:07    Image of day on 06 Aug 2018

A Red Kite flies quite low overhead.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 12:12    Image of day on 29 Jul 2010

This Red Kite made a momentary flyover.

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Image Taken on 09 Nov 2008 at 09:56    Image of day on 22 Nov 2008

Light just right to pick up the colours even if the face is turned away.

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Image Taken on 18 Jan 2014 at 11:13    Image of day on 08 Mar 2014

Our first sighting of a Red Kite since Sep 2013, seen by chance from a Window followed by a stampede for the camera and better view. These two images taken several seconds apart show both sides of the wing.

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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.

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Image Taken on 16 Dec 2018 at 12:16    Image of day on 27 Jan 2019

More detail of the Red Kite as the first 4 images above

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Image Taken on 16 Dec 2018 at 12:16    Image of day on 27 Jan 2019

Irregular sightings of Red Kites did catch this flight, accurately spaced at 7 fps, so just under 2 seconds of flight here.

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Image Taken on 28 May 2019 at 10:50    Image of day on 06 Jul 2019

A minute later the Red Kite was circling a little further away.
This is about 2 seconds of flight.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2017 at 07:01    Image of day on 07 Oct 2017

3 Red Kites spent a few days roosting in an Ash tree 150m away, and would be active soon after sunrise

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

For a couple of minutes this Red Kite wheels round us.

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