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Kite Flying

Red Kite flying Avoca WicklowIt has to be admitted – I have been upset at not seeing the new arrivals.

Majestic Eagles and noisy Woodpeckers have eluded me so far.  Despite the best attempts of some misguided, ignorant land-owners to poison them, Golden Eagles can now be seen in Donegal and elsewhere while the South West boasts the huge Sea Eagles.

But most annoying has been the lack of Kite sightings.

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Black Kite flying Menaggio Italy.

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I have seen quite a few Black Kites in Europe as well as in Africa where they are seen like crows – everywhere and a nuisance.

However the only Red Kites I had seen were in England or Wales and then only from a car on the motorway!

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Red Kite flying Avoca Wicklow
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Now the Red Kites introduced to Wicklow from young born in Wales, have done quite well in Ireland and mostly haven’t wandered too far away from Wicklow.  All the more reason for an interested enthusiast who looks and seeks, to have seen them!  And they really are beautiful birds – wide wingspan, rusty, chestnut colour with white patches on the wings and a forked tail.  What’s not to like?

Anyway, determined to try again, we returned to Avoca, a spot where they are supposed to frequent.  Yet again it seemed to be a wild Kite chase.  On the verge of moving on, we decided to give it 15 minutes more.  What a reward!

First there were two of them high and not close.  then a lone Buzzard passed high overhead.

Encouraged, we gave it another 15 minutes.  This time they came close enough to be seen very clearly without binoculars.

And what a sight.  They do seem to me to be more striking than the Blacks – more colourful, more contrasty – and possibly less skulking!  Then again, maybe that’s reading too much into it!

They’re back! 

See them before the poisoners have their way!

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