Red Kites in Scotland

The red kite is one of our most beautiful birds of prey, there are a number of strongholds here in Scotland where breeding programmes and feeding stations have been set up very successfully and kite numbers have risen steadily over the years

Red kites are easily identified by their large size with a wingspan of almost 2m, reddish-brown colourings and deeply forked tail.

A successful re-introduction programme has resulted in the birds becoming increasingly common in the Black Isle (near Inverness) and the Trossachs near Doun and Laurieston in Dumfries and Galloway.

Kites feed on predominantly on carrion, although will also take small mammals and worms. They are often seen hovering near roadsides looking for road kill


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Ron McCombe

I am a full time wildlife photographer living in the Scottish Borders. I do most of my photography in Scotland in the Highlands and Islands as well as the Scottish Borders. I also travel to Northern Scandinavia, North America, Canada and South Africa to photograph birds and mammals. I organize workshops and deliver illustrated talks on birds and wildlife. My work has been featured in many magazines and publication and I have written just one book so far entitled “Wildlife through my Viewfinder” which is a collection of photographs and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy this blog and website. I will try to update it as often as possible. I have recently started a newsletter, if you would like to receive it please sign up using the button on the front page of my website

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