Wednesday 15 March 2023

Wild Bird Wednesday 555 - Black Kite

I was lucky enough to spend some time with a family of Black Kites (Milvus migrans) this weekend.  I assume they were 'a family' as they often interacted with each other, and the birds perched in the tree got rather excited when one of the other birds flew past.  I assume that they were anticipating a feed!

Unfortunately for them - and possibly me - the feeding pass did not happen and the arrival of a couple of other cars and some passing vehicles towing boats moved the birds off.  (I don't want to be grumpy, but is it too much to ask people to stay in their cars when they can see other people taking pictures!)

Anyway, this was one of the best opportunities I have had to photograph this species - its common enough, in fact its one of the most common birds of prey in the world - but I just tend to see them on the wing!

Kites were essentially restricted to one small part of the UK when I was a kid - Red Kites in this case - and it's great to know they have become much more common back in the UK.  Both Black and Red Kites have a forked tail and you can see this in these pictures.

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  1. As well. Thank you Stewart. I enjoyed seeing your birds today.

  2. Fabulous images of the Kites Stewart. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely week ahead

  3. Hari OM
    I got up close and personal with Black Kites in India. Common as Crows there! They are actually fabulous birds to observe, having quite some character. I have offered a link in the main party to arguably my best shot; but for the curious, click here for all shots that I posted on the bloggy (one or two repeated). All taken with what most here would consider inferior equipment, they still hold fond memories and some curiosity. YAM xx

  4. You still got great shots! That happens to me all the time, people scaring the birds away from my lens. Grrr.

  5. Wonderful pictures Stewart..I miss your posts as I do not get them automatically any more even though I am still listed as a follower..I don't know what to do about it..Hope all is well..Missy

  6. It's fun to see them communicating with each other and wonder what they are saying.

  7. Hello Stewart :=)
    I think your shots are fantastic. Your action shots came out well, in spite of the inconsiderate arrival of those people.
    All the best.

  8. Świetne zdjęcia. Gratuluję spotkania i udanej obserwacji. Dziekuję!