Red Kite?

Just managed to grab a photo of this as it flew over the house - is it a juvenile red kite? The tail isn't very forked compared to others I have seen. Thanks for helping!

Richg

  • Hello Richg,

    It's an almost textbook example of Dick Forsman's description of juvenile Red Kites in his Flight Identification of Raptors (2016).

    All the best - 

    Dave 

  • We have just spent an hour or so this afternoon watching a bird like this. It was with parents from a nest we have been watching. The youngster had a bit of a light grey wash on its upper wings and looked as though it was getting a hunting lesson

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Dave - CH:

    Thanks so much Dave (sorry for delay - been on holiday!)

    Richg

  • In reply to Guilbert:

    Hope it was a good one Rich -
    Dave
  • In reply to Dave - CH:

    Indeed it was thanks - Guernsey for 10 days

    Richg

  • In reply to Guilbert:

    Glad to hear that. Nice place.

    Stunning Echiums, if I remember correctly.

    And the residents secretly spraying RoundUp on each other's show gardens under the cover of darkness.

    ;-)
  • In reply to Dave - CH:

    Haha! Yes and the hydrangeas are pretty impressive too! Not a great bird count but good views of peregrines, buzzards, kestrels around the coast (although in UK terms the whole place would be described as "coastal"! I grew up there a long time ago and was pleased to see a few sand martins still nest there, even though the skylarks have gone.

    Richg

  • In reply to Guilbert:

    Must have changed a lot, Rich, even if you're clearly a young man. :-)

    Sorry about the Skylarks.

    Is Sausmarez Manor still "in the family" do you know?