Thermaling Red Kites

In the hottest period of the day I biked out to the new landfill near Newton Longville to count the actual number of Red Kites. The sky was cloudless most of the time. I spent a bit more than 1.5 hours at the edge of the landfill where I had very nice view of the whole area.

As usual the Red Kites were soaring inside the caldron using the hot ascendant thermals. Their number was again the highest I have ever counted. 10 birds of different plumage variations and moulting stages were present during my stay. Beside of the kites hundreds of Corvids and gulls were feeding on the bottom of the pit. This stationary birding allowed me to enjoy watching the interactions between the individuals of this bird community feeding on the rubbish. It was interesting to see the food robbery chain. First the Red Kites tried to steal the food from the European Herring Gulls or Lesser Black-backed Gulls, then the Carrion Crows tried to go off with the small piece of food from the Red Kites.

A Northern Raven has been carrying a larger piece of food for about 15 minutes while soaring with Red Kites and Carrion Crows over me.

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Some Red Kites flew as close above me as 10 meters. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Couple of soaring Red Kite images. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Couple of soaring Red Kite images. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Couple of soaring Red Kite images. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Couple of soaring Red Kite images. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Couple of soaring Red Kite images. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Couple of soaring Red Kite images. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Three Red Kites gliding together towards the freshly placed rubbish. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Three Red Kites gliding together towards the freshly placed rubbish. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Red Kites often joined the soaring flock of gulls. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Red Kites often joined the soaring flock of gulls. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Thermal soaring Larids, including European Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Black-headed Gull. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Thermal soaring Larids, including European Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Black-headed Gull. Nikon CoolPix P6000. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Total number of birds seen from the viewpoint:

Red Kite 10
Common Buzzard 1
Black-headed Gull 110
European Herring Gull 180
Lesser Black-backed Gull 130
Stock Dove 8
Common Wood Pigeon 4
Common Swift 6
Green Woodpecker 1
Common Magpie 2
Eurasian Jackdaw 70
Rook 80
Carrion Crow 400
Northern Raven 1
Eurasian Skylark 2
Common Whitethroat 1
Dunnock 3
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarellii) 3
European Goldfinch 15
Common Linnet 8

A couple of butterflies were flying around me including Meadow BrownRingletCommaLarge WhiteMarbled White and possibly the Dark Green Fritillary.

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