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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