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Red Kites - Oxford

Discussion in 'Photographic Locations' started by OneTen, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

  2. Hotblack

    Hotblack Dead Horse Flogger

    That's a Kestrel. Definitely.
  3. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    I should really look at my bird books before commenting.
  4. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    I'm with Dave on this one - a kestrel, it's the dead spit of "Vole patrol" on our allotments. Sparrowhawks have stripier pyjamas.

    Red Kite are much, much bigger - my Collins suggests approximately double the length from beak to tail, with a corresponding increase in bulk, and you will know when you really do spot one, they are very distinctive. Unlike Buzzards, which have a range of colour from almost cream to almost black, they vary very little.

    On the other hand, you've got much closer than I've ever got to one with a camera!

  5. poldie

    poldie Active Member

    I've checked and Kestrels aren't especially rare even in Hampstead Heath. I was fairly close - I saw it land on the branch and walked around to take a look at its face, hoping it wouldn't fly off. It was as if it was deliberately facing away from me as I walk around the tree behind it, but luckily it sat their patiently when I eventually circled the tree and ended up in front of it. It wasn't too far up. It wasn't very large, and I was using my 55-250 at pretty much full zoom.

    Thanks for the ID!
  6. Substandard_Nerd

    Substandard_Nerd Active Member

    They're magnificent creatures. The sky's thick with them here in Didcot although I've never managed to get a photo.

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