Arial Combat ~ Red Kites at play

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In 1989, the Nature Conservancy Council (now known in England as 'Natural England') and the RSPB launched a project to reintroduce the red kite back into England and Scotland. After strict criteria set out by the World Conservation Union was fulfilled, kite chicks were brought into the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) from Spain, where there was a healthy productive population of kites (A programme was also taking place on the Black Isle, Northern Scotland). Over a period of five years, more than 90 birds were brought into the Chilterns and initially placed into wooden release pens on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border. After a period of several weeks, and successful health checks, the the kites were then released into the wild. The first successful breeding in the Chilterns took place in 1992, and since then numbers have steadily increased to approximately 400/500 breeding pairs. The kites are still actively monitored by experienced volunteers. If you want to lean more please go to the following web site which is excellent:~

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Comments (4)

Nadia Kushnir on August 14, 2013


Nick Weall on August 14, 2013

nadiakushnir ~ Thanks dear Nadia :~)

ƤōƝƓ on August 17, 2013

How did you get so close to the raptors within the 300mm focal length and full-frame sensor?

YS + L

Nick Weall on August 17, 2013

ƤōƝƓ, I go to where I know they roost and wait ~ they tend to move quite fast so it is a bit of a challenge ~ I have the camera on a tripod with swivel upwards and downwards, plus side to side ~ then of course you have to track the birds and get a focus on them too ~ I'm just learning and hope to improve ~ Thanks a lot for the encouraging YSL ~ Best wishes ~ nick

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  • Uploaded on August 14, 2013
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    by Nick Weall
    • Taken on 2013/08/08 15:29:11
    • Exposure: 0.000s (1/4000)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash