Black Kite, Beachy Head 21/04/18

A short trip down to stay with Laurence P was headlined by a Black Kite that flew East along the headland. LP picked it up initially and sounded it out as looking like a Black Kite. Our first views were probably the closest but involved me running like mad to get some diagnostic shots of the disappearing bird then some (legal) formula one style driving in an attempt to intercept the bird further down the coast. We parked up at Beachy head pub at the apex of the headland and sure enough the bird gave us more distant but in my opinion better views – Circling as well as some direct flight.


Nice bird and a really fun 30 mins or so. We also had a female Ring Ousel but very few other migrants. I drove home that evening and missed out on an excellent following day which can be read about here



Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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