Here are some pictures of welsh birds of prey, from our trip to Nant yr Arian, Ceredigion; yesterday afternoon.
The Welsh uplands have become a stronghold for the beautiful Red Kite (Milvus milvus). There are several places where the wild kites are fed, to help in the continuing conservation effort; Nant yr Arian is just one such place. I have counted 39 Red Kites in the picture above; so the kites obviously know where to come for a snack!
This second picture looks a bit closer and the clear reddish colour & forked tail of the kites can be seen as they wheel above the welsh uplands.
I’m still working my way through the images that I took but below are 4 more that show:
- A Kite swooping above a Crow & 2 Mallards
- A Kite talons outstretched to grasp some food, meanwhile a Buzzard stands watching
- A Kite flies past the visitor’s hide at Nant yr Arian
- And a close-up view of a Red Kite in flight
Click any of the images for a larger view
Kite posters will be available from Posters Wales, later this spring.
And finally a short YouTube video of the kites …
(BTW I’m still searching for the best technique to preserve the MkII’s video quality when reducing for the net)
Wanting to do more with these marvellous birds as spring progresses, hopefully in good weather 😉