Red Kites at play ~ Milvus Milvus

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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 (46)

Jean THIERS on January 11

YSL Superbes photos que je viens de découvrir de ces Milvus Milvus ! Certains y ont déjà perdu des plumes!

Meilleurs vœux de mon village. Jean.

Nick Weall on January 11

Jean THIERS Thank you Jean for finding one of my favourite Red Kite pictures it is so hard to capture them playing like this. Best wishes to you ~ nick

Amelia Royan on March 19

Enjoy the GP tomorrow dear Nick. Lewis is in pride of place again. ;-)


Nick Weall on March 20

Amelia Royan Thanks LGM I hope that the race is more exciting than the so called qualifying. I hope that Adrian enjoys it too and you get some gardening done :#) xxx

Argenna on March 25

Beautiful picture, like! And congratulations for the second place on March 2016 TTT!

Nick Weall on March 25

Argenna What a surprise ~ thank you for your kind congratulations ~ all the best ~ nick

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  • Uploaded on August 14, 2013
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    by Nick Weall
    • Taken on 2013/08/08 15:28:47
    • Exposure: 0.000s (1/4000)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash