A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Monday, 15 October 2012
Red Kites at Watlington
We visited Watlington in Oxfordshire yesterday to watch Red Kites. We first discovered this small town a few years ago when we were in the Chilterns and looking for somewhere for lunch. We couldn't believe how many Red Kites were around the town. It was exactly the same yesterday every time you look up you can see one, two or more of these lovely birds.
We saw several Red Admirals mainly nectaring on ivy flowers but this one was on a noticeboard in the car park.
Watlington is a picturesque place to walk round - unfortunately the 70-300mm lens isn't the best to use for taking photos of buildings!
Here's a few record shots of the Red Kites we had come to see. To be honest the birds weren't close enough for the lens so these are heavily cropped. Trying to get the auto focus to lock was a nightmare!!! I did try manual focusing but that was even worse!!! I definitely need to practise flight shots!
We had lunch at the Carriers Arms again - really tasty and the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Ice Cream was really something special. The pub is on the outskirts and overlooks the lovely countryside
and as you eat lunch you can see half a dozen or more Red Kites soaring in the sky or flying low over the pub gardens - can't imagine many better places to have lunch!
Welcome to my blog. I have been interested in natural history from an early age and we have tried to create a garden attractive to wildlife. I also enjoy reading, photography, collecting fossils, visiting historic buildings and gardens and supporting Aston Villa. Please feel free to leave a comment and, if you would like to email me, my email address is ciraggedrobinsATgmail.com - remember to replace AT with @. Thank you for visiting.