Red Kite Milvus milvus

Birds identified in Britain may come from one of three sources:

Much as I enjoy seeing Red Kites, it was among the first of an ongoing series of reintroduction schemes which became increasingly ill-considered. The purpose of such schemes is to restore a species to places where it formerly inhabited and the emphasis placed is always on conservation. However it is very obvious from the choices of species to reintroduce and the locations selected that these schemes have very little to do with conservation and much to do with publicity. There are clear guidelines laid down for reintroduction schemes which the bodies involved have all signed up to, but these are neglected or worked around in a manner which can only be described as dishonest.

As publicity stunts these reintroduction schemes are certainly successful. I would mind less if the RSPB admitted that this is what they are and stopped pretending they are being done in the name of conservation.

Whatever their origins, Red Kites continue to increase in Norfolk with numerous breeding pairs now present, and in winter several communal roosts now exist.

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Red Kite, Lumbier (Navarre, Spain), 18th June 2009

 

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Red Kite, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 10th March 2007

 

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Red Kite, between Evisa and Sagone (Corsica, France), 15th April 2008

 

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Red Kites, Burnham Norton (Norfolk, UK), 21st March 2012

 

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Red Kites, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 20th February 2013 (top two photos are the same bird, lower two are a different bird)

 

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Red Kites, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 20th February 2013 - presumably the same birds as above

 

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Red Kites, west of Bircham (Norfolk, UK), 20th February 2013 - the same birds as above, though 4 miles away

 

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Red Kite, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 28th March 2015

 

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first-winter Red Kite, Shernborne (Norfolk, UK), 21st February 2009

 

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Red Kite, between Fring and Inmere (Norfolk, UK), 20th August 2010 - a wing-tagged bird

 

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Red Kites, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 12th April 2014

 

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Red Kite, between Docking and Bircham (Norfolk, UK), 19th April 2011

 

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Red Kites, Sculthorpe Moor (Norfolk, UK), 2nd April 2016

 

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Red Kite, Holkham (Norfolk, UK), 5th December 2012

 

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Red Kite, New Holkham (Norfolk, UK), 31st August 2011

 

Red Kite, Hecho Valley (Aragón, Spain), 18th May 2013

 

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Red Kite, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 8th March 2014

 

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Red Kite, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 17th January 2015

 

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Red Kite, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 31st January 2015

 

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Red Kite, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 31st January 2015

 

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Red Kite, Houghton St Giles (Norfolk, UK), 20th March 2007

 

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Red Kite, between Levie and Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano (Corsica, France), 17th April 2008

 

Red Kite, east of Mourão (Spain), 21st April 2006

 

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Red Kite, above Ochagavía (Navarre, Spain), 20th June 2009

 

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Red Kite, Cockley Cley (Norfolk, UK), 30th January 2016

 

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Red Kite, South Pickenham (Norfolk, UK), 5th December 2012

 

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Red Kite, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 3rd November 2012

 

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Red Kites, Holkham (Norfolk, UK), 8th March 2014

 

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The best way to see a Red Kite in Britain - a Continental migrant moving west along the North Norfolk coast. (This image is a less-cropped version of the one shown further up this page).