Farewell Gift from Switzerland - Red Kite
On my last hike along the valley of the Glarnerland, I got close enough to take some shots of a gliding Red Kite, circling over fields still not snow covered.
It is always of great joy to spot this medium sized bird of prey. It isn’t a rare observation though where I stayed while in Switzerland. I saw this species almost every day, even while visiting shortly Sargans.
Taking a good photo of this bird is more challenging though. Usually, they circle very high and fly away if I am standing on the open field. In this case, I was located at a slope adjacent to a grass field, not being seen by the bird until the bird flew over the crest. Luckily, this time my camera setting have been correct for taking a photo of a bird in flight.
Montreal, January 2, 2020
About Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
Rotmilan (de), Red Kite (en), Milano real (es), Milan royal (fr)
The red kite is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. The species currently breeds in the Western Palearctic region of Europe and northwest Africa.
More information: Wikipedia