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I've often seen Red Kites while driving up and down the M40 and would like to know where the best place would be to stop and photograph them, as the side of the motorway is a huge no-no.
Many thanks in advance
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There are various RSPB sites all over Britain although I've only been to the one near Stirling. You'll find the details on the internet.
Try Stokenchurch area.
If you feel like travelling a little further afield, i.e. to Wales, then you'll find Gigrin Farm in mid-wales is one of the prime locations.
Didcot, near the Railway Centre is always a good place to see them. I believe someone nearby has a feeding station in their garden. Last time we were there we saw up to six at a time in the sky, sometimes passing low overhead
i used to live on the ladygrove estate in didcot and have just returned today from a long weekend there,the kites are heavily populated in didcot and can be seen just over the roof tops on the estate at any time.on sunday they were swooping into a garden 1 street away from were i was staying but dont have the right lens to get a decent shot.one of the main places they get in didcot is the landfill site just at the side of didcot i think there is a public foot path close by and the road to the gravel pit goes right by it also .
We visit Aston Rowant quite a lot in the summer months looking for butterflies, but have never failed to see Wild Red Kites while we've been there.......
I go to Gigrin every couple of years to get my Kite fix. Well worth the journey and the sight is something you'll never forget. You'll see anything up to 200 birds, with a good mix of Buzzards, Ravens and crows for added interest.
Here's a shot I got back in March. One of too many!
Another vote for Gigrin, if you go take loads of battery and memory, after the first wave about an hour, don't leave as most folk do, hang around andpossibly move cabin, it will all start up again and continue for some hours.
Tip- best to try and follow just one bird at a time, and there are some interesting altercations between the buzzards on the deck, and incoming kites, for this just keep focused on a Buzzard
In any field just off the M40.
No need to go to Wales
My two favourite palces are off J5 M40: turn North and go into Stokenchurch village where the kites are often flying and landing around the common. Or head south from the same junction towards Ibstone and after about 2 miles is the Fox country Inn. Great food and often good views of those birds.
Guess I`m lucky all I need do is open my front or back door, anywhere in the Chilterns area should be good.
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