watching House Martin coming to their nests.
The following morning we said our good byes, we were sad to hear that our friends were selling the house: so if you want a small holding in Wales the details are here , and headed on an hour and a half drive to Rhyader in central Wales where Gigrin Farm is situated. Gigrin Farm is The Red Kite Feeding and Rehabilitation Centre.
It became a feeding centre about twenty years ago when the Kites used to roost at Gigrin in the winter. At first there were about twelve kites that used it whereas in the very cold winter spell a couple of years ago as many as 600 birds came to the site.
|Track to the Hides at Gigrin Farm|
|The Hides at Gigrin Farm|
The photographer hides are open and are elevated and you look out on to the feeding area.
|Feeding Ground Gigrin Farm|
As we are sitting waiting in the open hide a female Redstart lands on the corner of the hide less than three feet from me.
|Redstart with grub|
She then flies up to her nest in the corner of the hide.
|Redstart at Nest at Gigrin Farm Hide|
Amazing to be so close.
At 3pm a tractor comes into the feeding area and the farmer forks the meat out of the link box onto the site. By this time there are 100- 200 Red Kites in the air along with a few buzzards.
|Red Kite and Buzzard|
The Kites swoop down and grab the meat whereas the Buzzards just land and gorge themselves. The noise is amazing. It is an extraordinary sight. There is even a leucistic kite amongst them.
|Leucistic Red Kite|
Forty minutes later and it is all over with most birds having disappeared and only a few remaining. But what an afternoon.
|Red Kite diving|