Red Kites

Red Kites are wonderful birds to watch and photograph, this next set of shots were taken at  Gigrin farm in Mid Wales where wild Red Kites get daily handouts, this has had a massive impact in terms of the number of breeding Kites in Mid Wales, here is a little bit of history about Gigrin.

Gigrin became the Official Red Kite Feeding Station in the winter 1992/93 following a request from the RSPB who had witnessed the wild Kites at this site getting fed when food (rabbit) was available.

The RSPB had noted this spectacle and came to the farm with a proposal – that it should open to the public as the red kite feeding station as it would have an impact on the young kites that were being lost over the winter and would also draw people away from nesting sites where losses occurred due to disturbance.

Around 6 red kites were roosting on the farm at that time but by the winter of 2006 over 400 were coming in for food in the winter, Red kites, being hungry when they awake will hunt for food during the morning and early afternoon, so Gigrin is here as a top up or emergency ration.

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)  Dive bombing – Canon 1D Mk IV – 700mm

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)    Canon 1D Mk IV – 700mm

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)    Canon 1D Mk IV – 700mm

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)  Canon 1D Mk IV – 700mm

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)  Canon 1D Mk IV – 700mm

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)  Canon 1D Mk IV – 700mm

2 Responses to Red Kites

  1. Impressive detail in this raptor. Amazingly beautiful. You are really giving me something to strive for one day. I saw you used a blind in the last post I commented, I assume a tripod with that massive lens too. It is wonderful the Kites have this feeding station. I never heard of that happening here, but it must really help in winter if that many birds come to the feeding station.

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    • Thank you Donna, Yeah the feeding station at Gigrin is pretty awesome and in terms of conservation its a huge success, I can’t applaud them enough for the work they have done in terms of introducing the Red Kite in huge numbers back into UK

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