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Kite, Dorset.. (1 Viewer)

miami

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Hi, Would this be a Red, or Black Kite i saw at Wyke Down this afternoon ?
 

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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello,
agree with Daniel, its a Red Kite. Please note:
  • very pale greyish, nearly whitish underside of the tail (many Black kites have darker ones, but yes your bird is within variation for a Black Kite. No single absolute feature)
  • your bird has 5 fingers. There are a few recent threads here on BF about this. Thanks to all, who have commented there!
  • I think underexposure shifts darkness-value and thus jizz towards Black Kite here
Yes, its a not so easy picture for me, too. But its not a (western) Black Kite imo, and I would like to learn, if this is an hybrid or an "eastern Black Kite".

But I think, single picture effect, underexposure and variation is all you need to explain this Red Kite here.
 

miami

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Thanks for the replies.. It came out of the sun at distance, hence the dark look. I was in the Red camp, but just wanted confirmation as a Black Kite was seen and photographed at Martin Down today, which is just a few miles down the rd..
 

Jiggers

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England
I saw a pair of what I think are Black Kites at DT3 4BG at 10.00 this morning. I was directly underneath one about 50 yards high.
 

Alexander Stöhr

Well-known member
Hello Jiggers,
welcome to birdforum from me too!

As an non UK based birder (I saw many Black Kites during the last days in SW-Germany), I agree with Butty, that its a rare sight, but:
you made everything right: you joined BF here and alerted others, so more can see it: thanks for alerting others that might well want to see a Black Kite in Britain.
Maybe its a good idea to post your sighting also here: Rare Bird Information
 

Jiggers

New member
England
Extra-unlikely if there were two together.
Welcome to BF.
Only ever seen a single one before, in exactly the same place several years ago. One had been seen in Kent a few days before! The V in the tail didn't look to be as deep as that of a Red Kite's, seen a few of them around Oxford.
 

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