Reblogged from Wildonline.blog:
Say hello to Rhodri the Red Kite – Milvus milvus
The Red kite is yet another bird of prey that was persecuted to the point where it became extinct in both Scotland and England by the 1900’s and by the 1930’s only 2 breading pairs were thought to remain in Mid Wales. Such was the concern for these beautiful birds that the army was brought in to protect the remaining nest sites. Following a successful reintroduction programme between the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and English nature populations across the UK are expanding rapidly. In flight it can be distinguished from other birds of prey by its forked tail, white under wing patches and black flight feathers.
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