Red Kites

Red Kite by Gordon McKinlay
Red Kite, a photo by Gordon McKinlay on Flickr.

We took a last minutes decision to spend a few days in Galloway this week. Red Kites were reintroduced to the area about ten years ago. Since then the numbers have grown dramatically and if you spend a wee bit of time you are bound to spot one sitting in a tree or soaring gracefully about the fields looking for carrion. The Galloway KIte Trail provides many opportunities to see the beautiful birds. If you want to see lts of them at the one time then t Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston is the place to head. A feeding station has been established there and you will see twenty or thirty birds at the one time at 2pm every afternoon.

This was a good opportunity to try out my new Sigma 120-400m lens which was a present for Christmas. Although a large number of the photos were not good I did manage to get a few that I am pleased with. The birds moved so fast as they came in for food that it was very difficult to focus and shoot. I thought my new lens was big and heavy but it looked positively tiny in comparison to the huge lens and high end camera the person standing next to me was using. I wasn’t intimidated at all!

We had a lovely trip and so lots of these lovely birds. It is well worth spending some time in the area.