Thursday, 6 August 2009

Red Kites? Where!?

The weather was fine, hides were full of expectation, the food was put out for the kites at 3pm and.. and.. where are the kites!
It was nearly an hour before the first birds arrived and then not in great numbers. The only consolation being this summers rare sun picking out the vibrant colours of these birds.
A long afternoon spent seeking fleeting sightings was far from the amazing spectacle that has been the norm.

It was almost 5:30 before the wave of red kites came pouring in for their food and most of our visitors had long gone by then.

The day had now cooled so the birds could no longer soar in the thermals.

This summer, such as it has been so far, has not allowed the kites much in the way of updrafts and thermals.

Its been more in the way of which is the lightest shower in which to fly, so I don't suppose we can really blame them for stretching their wings when these the rare opportunities present themselves..

What will happen tomorrow?
Will the kites be on time?
I've no idea, but the food will go out at 3pm, just as it has every day for the past 16 years.

Watch this space!


The red kite chick is now feeding itself entirely on its own but still has twist in its left foot.

It can fly and has been right up to the netting screen and the immature buzzard is 'ready to go' but is still keeping the kite chick company to date.

The Adult buzzard is no longer with us.

Not always knowing which day of the week it is, due to the rolling 7 day working week, I'm often surprised when groups turn up, despite the pre booking required.

One such surprise was the Lotus car club.

Ten such cars rolled up and added a welcome splash of colour to our concrete car park.

1 comment:

  1. Caroline Longley15 August 2009 at 14:24

    OOH I was there that day, nice cars but for me the Red Kites were the main attraction. Hope to come visitng again one day, keep up the good work Chris you are doing a sterling job. All the best Caroline Longley