Dumfries Red Kites

For some time now I have been meaning to got to the red kite trail near Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway. Finally the weather picked up enough for me to make the 260 mile round trip to the Castle Douglas area.  The feeding station is at Lauriestown and they feed around 60+ red kites each day. For a photographer it affords the best views of red kites and the best opportunities to get some good flight shots of these stunning birds. The venue is well worth a look if you are in the area. A lot of the birds are tagged with these huge ugly great things on each wing. I don’t understand why this has to happen, there has to be a better way of getting information on the birds lives than this. It borders on cruelty. Thankfully not all the birds are tagged, some don’t have any, and these can be seen before you take the image.

One of the images below is of a kite which has been tagged and has a radio transmitter fitted to its back, you can just make out the antenna sticking out from behind the wings.

Here are a few images from the day.

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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 www.wildlife-photography.uk.com

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