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Old 29-01-2012, 06:11 PM
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The other day I was talking to my wife about having a long weekend in Wales to visit that farm that attracts all the red kites for you to photograph, anyway this weekend I took my wife to the Buckinghamshire/Berkshire borders for the night and couldn't believe the amount of red kites around our hotel!
They are Huge! got to be one of the most impressive bird's in the UK.
The time we arrived it was getting on and we had a table booked so I quickly rushed out for a few shot's but thought my best bet was to leave it until the morning when I would have more time to get some nice shot's of them, I even went easy on the red wine so I could get up early for them!
Well woke up this morning to thick fog everywhere!!!! which stayed the whole time we was there and the only red kites I saw today was a few over the motorway on the way home.
Anyway here is one of the few half decent shots I managed to get of them last night.
This place is only hour and a half from our house so I will be planning another trip here soon
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Old 29-01-2012, 07:31 PM
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jas there are places near me with dozens of low flying kites,Risborough,chartridge near Chesham and even my back garden!If your up this way give us a shout as so many places to see these birds round here.
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Completely agree with Stuart, I've looked up from my garden in Amersham and seen 6-7 individual birds before. They are absolutely everywhere!!
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I live in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

Was sat at my mums graveside during the summer, just me alone in the grave yard and 4 or 5 just flying over head.

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Stu, I will definitely give you a shout when I can get up your way as Im determined to get some good shot's of these bird's, I was blown away by them!
We stayed in Marlow and when I was driving there must of seen around 20+ birds on the way and some of them were very low and just circling but by the time I was there with my camera it was getting on and most had moved on and you just had the odd one flying over head but quite high, that shot was with a 400mm lens and cropped quite a bit too.
I drove through this small village and saw one quite low slowly flying over this group of people and nobody batted an eyelid! A bird of prey with a 5 foot wingspan 30 feet above your head!! I just suppose they just see it everyday!
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They were reintroduced over the chiltern hills near the M40

I went that way to uni and they were always there!!! One flew down and collected some road kill right infront of me!!!!!

Should definately visit this way!!! I always hear them!!


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They are very common over here.As Stuart said if you go to Princes Risborough ,Naphill or Stokenchurch you will see plenty.

I was earwigging the farmers in the local and they were reckoning that they will be a pest soon.Theyre not too convinced that they are totally scavengers and eat just carrion.
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yep regular site here mate..we have 4-5 regularly over our garden but some places close by worth travelling to for some great shots.
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They are very common over here.As Stuart said if you go to Princes Risborough ,Naphill or Stokenchurch you will see plenty.

I was earwigging the farmers in the local and they were reckoning that they will be a pest soon.Theyre not too convinced that they are totally scavengers and eat just carrion.
Nothing like a good old farmer conspiracy!
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There is a place, not to far from me, where they feed the Red Kites. I counted over 20 the last time i was there.
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