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Here we hope to show video footage of one of our kite nests. The kites have just about finished refurbishing the nest. Here's to a successful breeding season.

We know kites love to bring white material into the nest here is the male doing some decorating.

 

 Here he is getting some help from his partner

 

 You know that feeling when you buy a new bed and you realise it's just a bit too big to get in the house

 

 We forget how hard a life our kites can have here is our female trying to snuggle into the nest when it is snowing

 And here she is just waking up after a freezing night on the nest looking really sorry for herself

 

The nest refurbishing was still going on Notice the addition of more white material

 

 And the male still seems to think bigger is better

 

Exciting News three eggs have been laid

 

Both parents are still doing a great job of looking after the three eggs 

 

 The male still has an obsession with bringing in white items although this is pretty typical of Kites

 

 But now changes tack and brings in a black random item. This looks like a glove. We have no idea where he may have found this but we do know they bring in all kinds of items. 

 

 We now have two chicks on the nest. There were three eggs but as suspected the third one does not look like it has hatched as it was laid a week after the first two. The first chick was born in the early hours of Sunday morning the second sometime after 12.00 on Monday.

 

 

 Both parents feeding the two chicks

 

 Both parents are doing a brilliant job at feeding the chicks

 

 Mam feeding chicks

 

 Kite Chicks at 17 days old

 

 Chicks at 21 days old already know to keep quite and keep low when there are no parents around


 At 22 days they are really getting big and getting used to their wings. Notice though how one is smaller than the other. The larger chick has been getting fed much more. Lets hope he or she will be ok

 

 The chicks continue to grow at a fast rate and are still being well looked after

 

 The chicks are really growing now. They are being well fed with Dad bringing in lots of food. Here you can see one of the chicks waking up late and missing the start of lunch, letting us know what it thinks of the camera. Mum shows them how to preen and dad brings in more food. You can see the distinctive red forked tail beginning to appear.

 

 Here you need to watch the background as the chicks sleep one of the parents is still watching over them when a crow decides to have a go twice eventually the parent returns to the nest with one of the chicks totally oblivious to what is going on

 

The chicks are starting to exercise their wings

 

 On on their journey through life they will come across many new things

 

THe parents are still being attentive bringing in food. Unfortunately  in this case it appears to be a chicken leg. We do not recommend kites being fed on these but in this case it does not appear to be doing the chicks any harm. As can be seen by the size of them. When the leg has been stripped the adult removes the bone from the nest to keep the nest tidy and clean. 

 We know the chicks are the stars of the show but here mam shows herself to the world and what an superb  view of that famous forked tail. Also one of the chicks gets a little too close to the edge of the nest but recovers it's poise with ease. The little fluffy white kites are quickly growing into proper Red Kites

 

 The chicks are starting to test their wings and are looking strong

 

Filmed on 10/06/18 during one of the downpours we had. The mother is brilliant looking after her two chicks. She is taking the battering from the rain while protecting them both from the elements. Some feat given the size they have grown to. Apologies for the quality the rain was on the camera as well. Oh and also apologies for the behaviour of one of the chicks he/she is certainly nest trained.

 

 The chicks are still being fed by their parents but now are also eating by themselves

 

 I have no idea what is going on in these chicks heads Apart from a little posing

 

Chicks keeping their heads down during Storm Hector

 

The nest is starting to get a little crowded and you know that time when the kids are left alone and they trash the house

 

There is a lot of testing the wings and the chicks are much more curious about what is outside of the nest. They may well leave the nest this week

 

The chicks are learning how to use their wings

 

One of the chicks seems to have springs on it's feet

 

The wing flapping continues    mainly with the older bird  but it is testing it's muscles. Is it going to make the first move from the nest?

 

At last off the nest This is semi fledging  the birds will land on a nearby branch then return to it's nest. They will usually get a bit further away each time as they grow more confident with their wings. The younger bird looks a little bewildered 

 

 After the daring move earlier in the day both birds have slept constantly but provide some entertainment having a small dispute over an item in the nest also the parents although usually just drop food into the nest are still coming back and doing some feeding.

The last bit of footage held so far the older bird again taking a small step out of the nest. Apologies for the quality but between 19.00 and 21.00 the sun shines directly on the camera. I hope the next footage will show both birds trying out their wings and taking those short steps away from the nest.

 

 The second Kite has joined it's older sibling in leaving the nest to try out the nearby branches

 

 

 Apologies for the delay in new footage time has been hectic however please come back over the next day or two there will be lots to see

Well the day has finally arrived both chicks are about to leave the nest. Below is some footage of their last day on the nest starting with the youngest chick getting itself a good close up. it's a real please to see such a beautiful bird so close

 

 The chicks then decided they had better tidy up the nest before leaving. Behaviour almost the same as the parents when building the nest. Could this be early practice for the future?

 

Like all of us at the moment the heat seems to have got to the younger chick who is too hot and bothered to do anything until it remembers there is food to be had.

  

After a week or so of testing it's wings and landing on nearby branches the eldest chick decides it's time to fly the nest. Unfortunately it is  not the best first flight as it slips off the branch and plunges into the wood


However after a worrying couple of hours the chick sweeps majestically back into the nest although it looks like it's younger sibling wasn't quite as sure of a smooth landing

 So the time has finally come the eldest chick leaves the nest without so much as a good luck out there our kid. The younger chick decides to take a safer way out landing on a nearby branch (top left of the screen) then takes the plunge and flies off.


 And finally as a big surprise  and a fitting end to our footage the stars of the show, the parents who have clearly been close by keeping an eye on the chicks and who have done an amazing job bringing their chicks up return to the nest to see what state they have left it in. They have a snack on the food the chicks have left, do a last bit of tidying and at the end Mum literally flies off into the sunset. George Lucas could not have made such a fitting end to an incredible journey.

 

I can honestly say although it has taken many hours of watching and editing it has been an absolute privilege to watch and document the usually private lives of these magnificent birds. Many thanks have to go to all of the Fork committee for their total support in this project. I'm sure Each and everyone will agree it has been well worth the time and effort put into it. Special thanks must also go to Michael Lynch from Acedia for his help in providing the camera and early guidance. Also to Harold Dobson for the time put in to gathering footage and converting this into what we have had the honour to watch. But biggest thanks of all must go to the owners of the woodland where the nest is situated for granting us full access to their land and property to be able to provide this unique insight into our the lives of our local kites.