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Red Kite (this one seems a very light colour, but not as white as the leucistic colour variant)

Gigrin

Wales

UK

 

Don't you think its amazing that they completely hide their feet?

Rhayader, Wales.

 

My first visit to the Red Kite feeding at Gigrin - what a place!

The is the first time I've ever seen a white (Leucistic) Red Kite, but I understand that this bird is a frequent visitor to Gigrin.

 

The 'uniqueness' of the bird might make those wing tags seem superfluous but around 1% of all kites in Wales show some leucistic tendencies - meaning their colouration is mainly pure white and not the usual reds & blacks of a 'normal' kite.

 

Leucism differs from albinism in that pigment is not entirely absent - in most cases it is at least retained in the eyes. By contrast, albino means the lack of colouring - evidenced by pink eyes.

 

Leucistic kites often attract the unwanted attentions of both red kites and corvids who harangue the white birds; so their life is far from easy.

I'm not sure how rare these are, but this is the first leucistic buzzard I've ever seen - I've frequently seen them with pale markings but never before as white as this.

 

Several more shots in the comments below, including a comparison to buzzards with 'normal' and paler markings.

 

These are all wild birds of course - opportunists coming into the Red Kite feeding area at Gigrin, Mid-Wales.

This bird must be diving down for a second helping, as you can see he already has food on his beak!

Taken on phase two of the kite trip at Gigrin farm

The race is on to get to the meat first! Gigrin Farm, Rhayader, Wales.

This is probably the closest shot I got at Gigrin... it was a superb day :)

 

I can't resist uploading these even though you probably got bored several shots ago... I ought to save them for a rainy day really, but I'm not made like that !

A red kite at Gigrin Farm, Rhayader, Wales, UK.

These two were obviously a pair, they flew in synchrony, wing beat for wing beat, and very close together.... it was lovely to watch but hard to keep them in the frame!! Often there is squabbling amongst the kites as one bird tries to steal food from another, and there will be a chase, but this chase was altogether different :)

Red kite picks up meat at Gigrin farm.

 

The light was terrible so its a high ISO shot.

 

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Probably the best red kite shot of my latest trip to Gigrin Farm red kite feeding centre.

Milvus milvus.

 

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This is one I took in February, when the weather was better..... cold but sunny, rather than the dull damp we're getting at the moment. There was snow on the ground when I took this, which made for great lighting.

 

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This Red Kite has picked up a piece of meat and is making his getaway to open skies so he can eat it.

I couldn't resist posting another kite shot, I hope they're not too boring for you, it was great at Gigrin being able to get different angles on the birds :)

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Both having time off work today, Tracy and I chose to go up to Gigrin farm red kite feeding centre, Rhayader, as she wanted to see the kites for herself. I think this is my best kite picture to date.

Gigrin today... it was raining.

 

Great week end though :o)

I appreciate that this might look like a composite, but I can assure everyone that this is all one image, that I've done nothing with apart from a small edge crop and a little shadows lighten use.

I spent a very enjoyable long weekend in Wales so here are the inevitable Kite shots from Gigrin Farm. Never anything less than spectacular.

I've been lucky enough to visit Gigrin twice recently.... so here are a couple more shots.

 

The paler birds (as below) are the younger ones.

 

Probably worth looking large.

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Red Kite (Milvus milvus) in flight.

One of at least 200 Kites which gathered at the Red Kite Feeding Station at Gigrin Farm, Rhayader, Powys, Mid Wales on a frosty December afternoon.

The male Red Kite has a wingspan of 5 and a half feet, the female is slightly smaller.

 

Camera: Nikon D300

Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.5

Thanks to Derek for the loan of the lens!

 

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Its hard, isn't it, to get new pictures at this time of year, so here's another one from my recent (or not so recent) Gigrin visit.

 

Red Kite

Gigrin

Wales

UK

a couple of red kite shots from yesterdays trip to gigrin farm ,both of these are jans photos ,still got to process mine

Made a trip to Gigrin Farm to see the Red Kites, I wasn't disappointed .

I scanned this from one of my film negatives a few years ago.

The 300mm F2.8 without extenders what a tool :0)

 

My travels continue , a visit too Wales , for some Kite shots .

    

Exposure 1/4000 sec

Aperture f/5.0

Focal Length 300 mm

ISO Speed 1250

Exposure Bias +1/3 EV

An old shot refreshed. This is not a composite shot.

The Red Kite Feeding and Rehabilitation Centre at Gigrin Farm near Rhayader. The Kites are wild and travel from far and wide to meet here everyday wher they are fed (at 3:00PM everyday) with the finest cuts of beef (seriously, they use prime beef, 1/4 ton of it per week!). Up to 400 Red Kites have been known to arrive at any one time, today I would estimate about 70 birds were there. The farm is approved by the Government agency concerned with these things, and is responsible for re-introducing the Red Kite across parts of the UK and Ireland. www.gigrin.co.uk

Taking advantage of Red Kite feeding time at Gigrin Farm, South Wales.

Red Kite at Gigrin farm homing in on its target

Taken at Gigrin Farm, mid Wales 2006

Back from my Hols with Mum and Dad, we were lucky with the weather, had a lovely time, we visited Gigrin Farm in Wales to see the Red Kites, so many, what a magnificent sight to see, managed a few shots, but much harder than i imagined it to be, they move and swoop so fast, here are a few i did manage to get

Red Kite (Milvus milvus) in flight.

8 Kites gathered at the Red Kite Feeding Station showing remarkable aerobatic skills as they soared and dived to collect meat spread on the ground.

Photo taken in Llanddeusant, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, South Wales in late August.

 

Camera: Nikon D300

Lens: Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.5

 

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A shot from last week, taken at Gigrin Farm in mid Wales, there were still plenty of autumn coloured leaves on all the trees and I managed to get this Kite with one of those tress behind it.

Thanks for looking, cheers! :-)

They don't always look graceful… see pictures in the comments.

 

Red Kite

Gigrin

Wales

UK

A couple more shots from my recent Gigrin visit. I like it there in the winter :)

 

Gigrin

Wales

UK

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