Jay’s World: Day 185: 9th December 2011: ‘Red Kite’

One of my very favourite local residents – here in South Oxfordshire, England I see these wild, magnificent, beautiful, awe-inspiring master-athletes every day, and frankly, they are one of the few things that make being stuck ‘darn sarf’ enjoyable :o)

Once on the verge of extinction in the UK, these wonderful birds have long been my favourite raptor, and I once travelled hundreds of miles to Invernesshire in Scotland only to catch a brief glimpse of a couple of them. Now, by a delightful twist of fate, they are a daily part of my life. So I am especially delighted to include this (rare!) successful photograph from a rare sunny winter’s day as I pass the halfway mark in my Jay’s World Project …

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An expressionistic, exploratory artist, I create without restraint or intent. I am a passionate advocate of natural learning, and this organic approach informs all of my work, giving my creations their vibrancy and spontaneity. An abiding love of nature keeps me going when my rather warped sense of humour fails. Above all, I reject the dysfunction and pain our culture perpetuates. More of the same is of no interest to me. I say “YES” to that which is life-serving: let a new paradigm emerge!

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Francis :o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome capture, Jay! Looks like it’s posing for your camera!

  • Thank you, AuntDot – he or she really is striking a classic Kite pose in this one :o) They are quite interested in me, generally speaking, probably because I talk to them quite a bit, and flatter them terribly ;o)

    – Jay Taylor

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely shot – it’s great to see bop in the wild. I often see kites and kestrels round here and sometimes the odd eagle too :o)

  • Thanks, Vee – I was really pleased with this one :o) I see kestrels and buzzards pretty frequently, but the Kites are omnipresent – I see more Kites than sparrows, seriously! I’m a bit jealous about the eagles, though…!

    – Jay Taylor

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatalmost 3 years ago

    I’ll have an accident on the road one of these days as I am always seeing them when I am out driving hence not many pictures. I did once have a sparrow hawk catch a sparrow in the back garden :o)

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