Sunday I had the greyhound club (not rescue but Kennel Club show) show at Steventon in Oxfordshire. When I left Northants this morning it was nice and sunny, by the time I got past Brackley there was fog by the side of the M40 stopping me from seeing any Kites.
The show was being held on the village green/sports field so was not counting on getting any images so was quite glad I left the camera behind at home....not for long. I could hear in the trees surrounding the green Great Spotted Woodpeckers, A LOT OF Meadow Pipits passing over, is it me or is there a higher number of Meadow Pipits around this Autumn, did they have a good breeding season? Then the tell-tell whistle of a RedKite, in fact three circling in the distance.....
|NOT A REDKITE NOR A BIRD BUT WHIMMSY|
I was sat at the side of the show ring with a fag (that's a cigarette by the way) in my hand when this Kite at HEAD height glided in briefly landed in a tree within feet of me before flying off...WHY DOES THIS ONLY HAPPEN WHEN I LEAVE MY CAMERA BEHIND? But what a great view, no binoculars needed at all, needless to say we saw many redkites today all very close up and personal..no fear whats so ever, when person did remark when I said how they behave differently to Kites in Northants said something I thought was profound "perhaps this is how they would have behaved if we hadn't give them reasons to fear humans"...maybe the woman was right?
|JIMMY AKA JIM AKA JAMES AND SOMETIMES GIT!|
I promise a bird related post soon...probably.