Red Kite

Red Kite

Observation - Red Kite. Description: I tend to be the token naturalist when out walking with friends. This walk took us out along the Thames in the Henley area. A mile or so in this large bird flies over and everyone coos and asks what it is; it’s a Red Kite and I launch into a mini lecture

I tend to be the token naturalist when out walking with friends. This walk took us out along the Thames in the Henley area. A mile or so in this large bird flies over and everyone coos and asks what it is; it’s a Red Kite and I launch into a mini lecture about how rare these birds were and what a conservation success story their presence now is.

Just a bit further along and we see at least a dozen birds wheeling about over Remenham. Now for me this was just a wonderful sight but, and here is the rub, the sheer number of them somehow diminished the impact for my companions. I’m not sure how to deal with this; I guess it is a similar issue with birds like Starlings that appear locally common so lay people don’t get why they are now red listed.

These pictures taken a little further along still.