Pip and I were going on the daily early morning dog walk, as per our now well established and usual routine. I had my camera with me just in case something caught my eye.
Othe home stretch, while Pip was dreaming of the soon-to-be-his breakfast, I thought I saw a large brown chicken and a magpie in front of us.
Of course, the chuck took flight and went up into the branches of the nearby oak tree.
So, Pip and I followed the bird to see if I could take more pictures. Pip was very good and kindly forwent his breakfast dream to come with me.
I quickly identified the bird as a Red Kite. They have recently arrived in our neck of the woods (the last 10 years) having been re-established in 1994 on Christmas Common in the Chilterns 25 miles away.
I had never seen a Kite before – I’ve heard about them, but never seen one flying above me.
I was very impressed. It soared beautifully.
I am now looking up information – Kites have a wing span of more than six feet.
They are considered scavengers.
From Wikipedia – “The red kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers.”
From the RSPB – “The red kite is subject to the longest continuous conservation project in the world.”
It eventually flew away so Pip and I went home for our breakfast.