As promised, I will start today and follow up every Saturday with a blog about UK wildlife; whilst also trying to make it relevant to my HK readers.....
so we start with some pics of The lovely red kite taken last week.
This large bird has a reddish-brown body, angled wings and deeply forked tail. This tail is what I use to try and differentiate it from the buzzards. Although looking very fierce it is an opportunistic scavenger, but may also take small mammals. This one below is in a steep dive protecting its nest from other raptors.
This bird has been the subject of a very successful conservation programme as it was saved from national extinction by one of the world's longest-running protection programmes. It has now been successfully re-introduced to England and Scotland.
PHOTO KEY Red Kite. S/H
FOR FUTURE BLOGS:
I will use a key to describe the location and status of the animal and whether it is wild or captive. Firstly location. I may state the location in the blog, but in all cases I will ID location. If the photo was taken in my garden, then I will use G/F (ie Garden Farnham) F for any other place in Farnham. S/H for Surrey Hants/Hampshire. Other Counties I will try and ID. All photos are from UK unless stated (ie same species but taken overseas). Status: I will use the key W for wild or C for captive (normally as rescue or conservation NGO programme).
If you have other questions or queries then please let me know. These photos:
PHOTO KEY Red Kite. location: S/H
Satus: W the photos below are for comparison to our black-eared kite that we have in Hong KOng.