Hampshire soaring

Black Kites (Milvus migrans) are opportunistic hunters, using the thermals and easily changing direction to swoop down (or up) with their legs to snatch live small prey. And thanks to the brilliant display team at the Hawk Conservancy in Hampshire you get to see them demonstrate their acrobatic feeding skills with incredible effect.

Black Kites are not native to the UK, but will be seen throughout the rest of the world. Our native kites are the Red Kites (Milvus milvus), which were saved from extinction thanks to a very successful and long running protection programme. Read more here.

Black Kite

18 thoughts

    1. oh my, not surprised. They are big birds!

      There are apparently lots of different kites – white tailed, black shouldered, black eared, whistling, scissor tailed and more!


Share your thoughts . . . . . .

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.