Red kite

For the Twitchers amongst us
Post Reply
User avatar
davelumb
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 20990
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: On some faraway beach
Contact:

Red kite

Post by davelumb » Sat Jun 16 2018 20:46

I'd never heard of red kites being trained until a demo at a country show today. First time I'd seem one close to as well. Although I wasn't all that close, this is from a fair distance and cropped. The dark background is the inside of the falconer's van.

Image

Kev Berry
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 16813
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: Robin Hood country

Re: Red kite

Post by Kev Berry » Sat Jun 16 2018 20:55

Beautiful plumage :thumbs:

User avatar
davelumb
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 20990
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: On some faraway beach
Contact:

Re: Red kite

Post by davelumb » Sat Jun 16 2018 20:58

The sun came out at just the right time. :wink:

User avatar
Freako
Major
Major
Posts: 1265
Joined: Thu Sep 29 2011 05:00
Location: Foxes Country

Re: Red kite

Post by Freako » Sat Jun 16 2018 21:22

Nice pic Dave of a beautiful bird.
Mick.

User avatar
davelumb
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 20990
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: On some faraway beach
Contact:

Re: Red kite

Post by davelumb » Sat Jun 16 2018 21:27

I wasn't gonna bother wasting a frame but I thought "What the heck". Took two ant one was OK. Quite glad I did now as almost all my sheep pictures are pants! :sad:

I didn't watch the display, only saw it in passing. The little owl was cute, and uncooperative, but did eventally fly to the guy's hand. To much applause. :grin:

User avatar
Nobby C
Major
Major
Posts: 1433
Joined: Wed Nov 23 2011 06:00

Re: Red kite

Post by Nobby C » Sat Jun 16 2018 21:36

Kev Berry wrote:
Beautiful plumage :thumbs:
Wasn't the the Norwegian Blue? :laughs:

User avatar
Andrew Croft
Bailiff
Bailiff
Posts: 11999
Joined: Wed Nov 02 2011 05:00
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Contact:

Re: Red kite

Post by Andrew Croft » Sat Jun 16 2018 21:41

Crackin picture :thumbs:
Let me ask you one question. Is your money that good. Will it buy you forgiveness. Do you think that it could. I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul.

User avatar
davelumb
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 20990
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: On some faraway beach
Contact:

Re: Red kite

Post by davelumb » Sat Jun 16 2018 22:01

Just lucky.

Steve Le maitre
Sergeant
Sergeant
Posts: 199
Joined: Fri Mar 13 2015 20:28

Re: Red kite

Post by Steve Le maitre » Sat Jun 16 2018 22:55

Buy yourself a tractor - this time of year it seems whether I’m mowing, turning, raking, baling these birds are on the look out for any small mammal unfortunate enough to be hit by the machines and they come in close, very close and not bothered by the presence of the tractor at all. Shame I can’t take decent pictures ! Loads down my way, those and Buzzards.

Kev Berry
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 16813
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: Robin Hood country

Re: Red kite

Post by Kev Berry » Sat Jun 16 2018 23:00

Nobby C wrote:
Kev Berry wrote:
Beautiful plumage :thumbs:
Wasn't the the Norwegian Blue? :laughs:
yep :wink:

(think Dave missed that---although it is a beautiful shot)

User avatar
davelumb
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 20990
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: On some faraway beach
Contact:

Re: Red kite

Post by davelumb » Sat Jun 16 2018 23:04

Steve Le maitre wrote:
Buy yourself a tractor - this time of year it seems whether I’m mowing, turning, raking, baling these birds are on the look out for any small mammal unfortunate enough to be hit by the machines and they come in close, very close and not bothered by the presence of the tractor at all. Shame I can’t take decent pictures ! Loads down my way, those and Buzzards.
I'm sure Nige Grassby told me that when his dad was ploughing, years ago, he had the same thing happen with kites but taking worms.

No kites up my way. Well, one has been seen to much excitement of the local twitchalots.

cookiesdaughtersdad
Brigadier
Brigadier
Posts: 6711
Joined: Tue Nov 06 2012 06:00
Location: Cambs

Re: Red kite

Post by cookiesdaughtersdad » Sun Jun 17 2018 09:58

Great shot that ,Dave almost looked the the bird posed for you, Cracker!
Kites are known to be scroungers and scavengers eating worms etc, hardly the raptor that we think they are, certainly not the one they look like.

Cheers Alan
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" Seneca, some Roman chap.

nigel savage
Major
Major
Posts: 1302
Joined: Sat Sep 03 2011 05:00
Location: Rutland

Re: Red kite

Post by nigel savage » Sun Jun 17 2018 10:04

Plenty of Kites down here Dave, came to the rescue of one that had "downed" itself at Rutland, an angler fished it out and left it under a tree, took the precautionary measures of taking two predator landing nets with me in the truck in case it got stressed out.
It was very placid even with the nets over it, I took it down to the bird centre to look after.

Excellent image, by the way. :thumbs:

User avatar
davelumb
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 20990
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: On some faraway beach
Contact:

Re: Red kite

Post by davelumb » Sun Jun 17 2018 10:28

cookiesdaughtersdad wrote:
Great shot that ,Dave almost looked the the bird posed for you, Cracker!
Kites are known to be scroungers and scavengers eating worms etc, hardly the raptor that we think they are, certainly not the one they look like.

Cheers Alan
That's why I was surprised to see one trained to the lure, Alan.

In his commentary the falconer warned of kites reaching plague proportions and becoming like the chip-robbing gulls at the seaside, swooping down to grab your food. I'm not sure if he was joking or not!

User avatar
Monts
Major
Major
Posts: 1456
Joined: Tue Nov 17 2015 18:52
Location: Yat Rock

Re: Red kite

Post by Monts » Sun Jun 17 2018 12:55

Nice photo Dave, spotted two yesterday on my local river for the first time. They seem to be moving over as when we fished the Berkshire rivers a lot we used to see loads.

wid
Sergeant
Sergeant
Posts: 114
Joined: Fri Nov 10 2017 21:19

Re: Red kite

Post by wid » Sun Jun 17 2018 23:03

Lovely picture, seen them down the m40 many times when I was on the trucks years ago

martin(rockape)
Captain
Captain
Posts: 671
Joined: Fri Nov 14 2014 22:11
Location: Northamptonshire

Re: Red kite

Post by martin(rockape) » Sun Jul 01 2018 21:14

Loads round my way. My dad throws lumps of bread and stale cheese on the grass for the birds and tge Red Kites just take the cheese.

I was over his place the other week armed with some rather nice chicken wings. Fantastic watching the Red Kites swoop down picking them up.

Regards

Martin

Kev Berry
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 16813
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: Robin Hood country

Re: Red kite

Post by Kev Berry » Mon Jul 02 2018 00:03

martin(rockape) wrote:
Loads round my way. My dad throws lumps of bread and stale cheese on the grass for the birds and tge Red Kites just take the cheese.

I was over his place the other week armed with some rather nice chicken wings. Fantastic watching the Red Kites swoop down picking them up.

Regards

Martin
this vid shows them in slow motion picking up---would love to see that, not many round here for some reason

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTgzFj2BIZs

martin(rockape)
Captain
Captain
Posts: 671
Joined: Fri Nov 14 2014 22:11
Location: Northamptonshire

Re: Red kite

Post by martin(rockape) » Mon Jul 02 2018 01:49

Nice video, the video i took isn't as good as that as i used my phone to do it.

Regards

Martin

User avatar
ChrisWales
Captain
Captain
Posts: 620
Joined: Mon Mar 28 2016 22:18
Location: Conwy

Re: Red kite

Post by ChrisWales » Mon Jul 02 2018 08:04

It has the same facial expression as a pit member when somone names a water on their first post

User avatar
John Milford
Colonel
Colonel
Posts: 3060
Joined: Sun Aug 28 2011 05:00
Location: Cloud Cuckoo Land

Re: Red kite

Post by John Milford » Mon Jul 02 2018 17:39

davelumb wrote:
Just lucky.
But a good eye helps you get 'lucky' :wink:

Seen plenty of them in mid- Wales, Shropshire and Oxfordshire. Even seen the odd one here in Derbyshire. Do you think they are becoming more widespread?
"...one of the least sensible and astute people on here ..."

I buy fishing rods.

User avatar
colinb
Colonel
Colonel
Posts: 2812
Joined: Sun Aug 28 2011 05:00
Location: Cambridge
Contact:

Re: Red kite

Post by colinb » Mon Jul 02 2018 18:41

davelumb wrote:
cookiesdaughtersdad wrote:
Great shot that ,Dave almost looked the the bird posed for you, Cracker!
Kites are known to be scroungers and scavengers eating worms etc, hardly the raptor that we think they are, certainly not the one they look like.

Cheers Alan
That's why I was surprised to see one trained to the lure, Alan.

In his commentary the falconer warned of kites reaching plague proportions and becoming like the chip-robbing gulls at the seaside, swooping down to grab your food. I'm not sure if he was joking or not!
I worked with a guy many years ago and he had fought in the desert with Montgomery he told me many times of the Shitehawks as he called them that would rob you as you left the mess. Probably the same birds.

Stewlaws
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Posts: 285
Joined: Thu Dec 28 2017 16:49

Re: Red kite

Post by Stewlaws » Mon Jul 02 2018 20:35

Dave if you 're in the grip of this dry spell, the first field to be ploughed will be awash with buzzards, my best to date was 56 on 30acres looking for worms

User avatar
davelumb
Forum Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Posts: 20990
Joined: Sat Aug 27 2011 05:00
Location: On some faraway beach
Contact:

Re: Red kite

Post by davelumb » Mon Jul 02 2018 21:20

Stewlaws wrote:
Dave if you 're in the grip of this dry spell, the first field to be ploughed will be awash with buzzards, my best to date was 56 on 30acres looking for worms
That's a lot of buzzards!

Stewlaws
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Posts: 285
Joined: Thu Dec 28 2017 16:49

Re: Red kite

Post by Stewlaws » Mon Jul 02 2018 21:55

The dry summer gave up field of barley that was wholecropped and then put into fodder **** ... The field been ploughed was an anomaly at that period, but it's not uncommon, but impressive i must admit

Post Reply