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Taken from the car park at Christmas Common. Christmas Common is a hamlet in Watlington civil parish about 7.5 miles (12.1 km) south of Thame in Oxfordshire. There were around 20 kites flying gracefully and sometimes aerobatically in front and over me for more than an hour .
Canon 60D + 18-270 Tamron . ( 29-430 equivilant)

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red kite, bird of prey, hawk

2013 gained aFIAP and cPAGB accreditations.

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  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanover 3 years ago

    Very well shot Sir.

    As the red Kite is a common sight in and around the Chilterns – you are welcome to add it to this Group:


  • Cheers Hertsman will add to group .Regards Phil


  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 3 years ago

    A fantastic shot Phil , I saw a lot of these in France , especially along the Dordogne in Bergerac x

  • THanks Irene …. hope to see them and the Black kites at my brother-in-law’s in September , he is just south of Bergerac.


  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Phil. – Ted

  • Cheers Ted


  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Awesome capture

  • Thanks Peaky


  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture!!!

  • Thanks Russell


  • Angela Pritchard
    Angela Pritchardover 3 years ago
    This work was a Featured selection in the
    Birds Of Prey Group
  • THankyou Angela


    DARRIN ALDRIDGEabout 3 years ago

    Great shots, I am a raptor fan and sure wish I had these colorful birds around me especially that close!

  • Thanks Darrin , from here I moved to a cafe car park where the wild birds come to scrounge food but had great difficulty taking any pictures as they approached from behind a six foot hedge , popped over , dived on the scraps and left very quickly in the same way and at 100mm could not get the full bird in !! But it was fantastic to watch them flying within a few feet !


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