The Red Kite feeding station at Bwlch Nant y Arian in Wales is a wonderful way to see these beautiful raptors close up. This is a joint project between the Forestry Commission of Wales and the RSPB. Strictly speaking these are not raptors in the ‘Wild’ as they fly in to be fed. But given that this species was persecuted to extinction in England, Scotland and most of Wales it is an amazing privilege to be able to stand at the lake edge and watch these huge birds in flight. Successfully photographing them on the wing is all together another matter… this one was benefiting from a food mugging out of shot.
I am going back to Wales in September and part of the plan is to photograph them in the mountains. Well that’s the plan………….
More information on Red Kites here: http://www.redkites.co.uk
More information on Bwlch Nant y Arian here: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/bwlchnantyrarian