Taken near Harewood House - Leeds. There was a time almost 10 years ago where to see one of these in the wild was impossible around these parts. Thankfully after a breeding program was set up they seems to be doing really well now with many pairs of kites flying round. My drive to work takes me past an area that has around 15 flying around. A wonderful site. I'll have to go back when the weather is better and get some more pictures!
The red kite is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers. The species is currently endemic to the Western Palearctic region in Europe and northwest Africa, though formerly also occurred just outside in northern Iran. It is resident in the milder parts of its range in western Europe and northwest Africa, but birds from northeastern and central Europe winter further south and west, reaching south to.. more