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Legally protected during the early middle-ages, because of it would clear human refuse from around towns & cities. Declared vermin (possibly due to also preying on domestic fowl), by UK Government acts in 16th century, & decision made to kill all of them throughout England & Wales. By late 18th century, all had been killed in England (also Scotland), & few pairs survived in Mid-Wales (Twyi & Cothi valleys). In the late 19th century, J.H.Salter, a professor of Botany at Aberystwyth University & a group of landowners & individuals set up an unofficial protection programme, which over a hundred years, maintained the small population. The low point of the population in the UK was between 1931 & 1935, where only two of the eleven pairs in Wales successfully bred. In 1997 the estimated world population was around 20,000 breeding pairs, with 230 pairs being in Great Britain (the majority – 145 – in Wales). Currently there are around 200 breeding pairs in Wales. There is a release program to various sites in England – the kites usually are from Spain or Sweden. Red Kites are mainly under threat from illegal killing, both by shooting & poisoning, & from egg-collectors. The Red Kite is a species protected by special penalties in the UK, if kept in captivity, it must be ringed & registered.

Nikon D300 – Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens

Featured in the Nikon DSLR Users group MAR 2011.
Featured in the Paws and Claws group MAR 2011.
Featured in the Birds! Birds! Birds! group MAR 2011.
Featured in the Amazing Wildlife group MAR 2011.
Featured in the Images of Endearment group JULY 2011.
Featured in the High Quality Images group JULY 2011.
Featured in the Wonder of Wings group JULY 2011.

Runner up in the Weekend Photographer – Birds of Prey Challenge APR 2011.

I originate from Lancashire but now I am based in Blaenavon, South Wales. I am an Aerospace technician and amateur photographer which takes me all over the UK.

Steve Liptrot Photography

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Comments

  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyover 3 years ago

    Wow, this is so sharp and looking right at me!!! Fantastic work!

  • Thanks Sylvia

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroover 3 years ago

    Beautiful bird and image.. cheers for the info too…

  • Cheers Luis

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    Fantastic scenery by your great arrangement:)
    Keep your family relationship, they are precious and we have only one…
    Best regards,
    Sunny

  • Thanks Sunny

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning a superb shot Steve.

  • Cheers Irene

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 3 years ago

    AWESOME!

  • Many thanks

    – Steve Liptrot

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    Love that intense stare . . . beautiful!!!

  • Thanks Lori

    – Steve Liptrot

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 3 years ago

    WOW!!! AWESOME !!::))

  • Many thanks

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Sean McConnery
    Sean McConneryover 3 years ago

    Amazing detail in this extremely sharp image. Love it!

  • Cheers Sean

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture and great awareness information Steve. I’m particularly found of these guys as I live in Oxfordshire and see them every single day. Super work, regards,
    Mark.

  • Thanks Mark. I’ll be working down your way next week (nr Leamington Spa)

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture!
    1 DAY 2011/03/24

  • Thanks Magaret

    – Steve Liptrot

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