Aberdeen Red Kites (ARK) is a three year project to reintroduce kites to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. 30 birds were released in 2007, 35 in 2008 and another 30-35 in 2009. Many of the birds have been named by schools and local business. The aim of the project is to establish a breeding population in one of the largest remaining gaps for red kites in Britain.
After yesterday's wind, rain and freezing weather today was a complete contrast with a perfect autumnal day. So I swapped the ski jacket I wore to walk the dog yesterday for a t-shirt and my camera and went off in search of some of our local red kites. There were quite a few around the usual winter roosrt area and a few were obliging enough to get their picture taken!
Oscar (03) is on of our females from a local nest. Again this year she fledged two chicks with her mate Robbie (20), who was also flying around but I didn't manage to get a picture.
Ramdim Star (35) is a real star and always manages to get into almost all of my pictures!