Proof of life

Today, for the first time since September, I blew the dust off my camera gear and headed out into the field. Thanks for the kind emails from people who thought I had vanished because of the lack of posts on my blog. However, it is nothing to do with my diminished interest but the severe demands of my university course and the placements that go along with it which give virtually no time for me to pursue my usual hobbies and interests. Thankfully, I had the chance to head out with Carl today to  try and photograph some Red Kites (Milvus milvus). The skies were blue and the kites were out and about hunting. We saw a group of about 10 adults, together with two Buzzards (Buteo buteo). These generally seemed less shy to us than other red kites we’ve seen in other areas of the UK and abroad for whatever reason. This allowed me to get a couple of okay shots. It was great to see a bird of prey in such abundance that was once put to extinction by senseless stupidity from some gamekeepers, egg collectors, some paranoid farmers and moron bloodsport shooters.

In case I don’t post again before the New Year all the best for 2014! Despite the lack of time for my field work I still have a trip or two planned for 2014, one certainty is a viper based trip to Greece in June together to see some dwarf island varieties of other species.

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) (C) Matt Wilson

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) (C) Matt Wilson

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) (C) Matt Wilson

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) (C) Matt Wilson

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) (C) Matt Wilson

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) (C) Matt Wilson

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) (C) Matt Wilson

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) (C) Matt Wilson

Record shot: Buzzard (Buteo buteo) (C) Matt Wilson

Record shot: Buzzard (Buteo buteo) (C) Matt Wilson

 

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By Matt Wilson