The Red kite is the most colourful of the two Kites in the Netherlands. Like the Black kite a small number of couples nest in the Netherlands. Other observations are rare drifters. It is one of teh very few birds of prey that only occur in Europe. Heavy persecution caused a strong decrease in numbers and local extinction. Protective measures have made an end to this and currently it has returned to our neaighbour countries. It eats mainly carrion but also catches prey to the size of a rabbit.

I saw my first Red kite in januari 2015 on the Maasvlakte. Later I saw one while searching for Black grouses on the Holterberg. Most impressive was seeing a group of 50+ kites (Black and Red) circling in the French Pyrenees.

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DSC 4003 Groot
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus milvus
Dutch name: Rode wouw
Common name: Red kite
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Red kite on the Maasvlakte, january 2015
DSC 4015 Bewerkt Groot
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus milvus
Dutch name: Rode wouw
Common name: Red kite
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: Action!
DSC 4018 Groot
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus milvus
Dutch name: Rode wouw
Common name: Red kite
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Remarks: The light wasn't to cooperative but the Kite was. This was my first meeting with a red Kite.
Rode Wouw
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus milvus
Dutch name: Rode wouw
Common name: Red kite
Location: Spanish pyrenees

Remarks: Red kite in the Spanish Pyrenees.
 DSC6438 Groot
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus milvus
Dutch name: Rode wouw
Common name: Red kite
Location: Spanish pyrenees

Remarks: Middle tail feathers are moulded
 DSC6440 Groot
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Milvus
Species: Milvus milvus
Dutch name: Rode wouw
Common name: Red kite
Location: Spanish pyrenees

Remarks: Aren't the marvelous?


Field characteristics

Lean, elegant bird of prey with a long buckled wings and a long forked tail. Wings are held in a pronounced angle, the tail often turned over. The body is orange brown with a light head and large light wingpatches. The tail is also orange brown.

Sound:

High and lurid

 

 

 

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