I wasn't disappointed as the airspace above from 10.15 to 11.45 was awash with birds of prey. Mainly red kites, our local pair in particular were chasing each other through the skies non-stop during this period and often joined by another trying to get in on the act.
I can't be certain but it was probably one of the pair and the interloper in the next sequence of photos which was an absolute marvel to watch.
|Two kites come together with outstretched talons|
|For once they don't part and begin to fall|
from the sky
|Twirling like a propeller they continue |
their vertical descent, it's now a life-or-death
game of 'chicken'
|Still entwined they plummet ever closer|
to the ground
|I lose them behind the house roofs opposite|
When they disappear they show no sign of parting
No idea what happened once they fell out of sight behind the roofs but they have been known to hit the ground still attached to each other and fatalities do occur. The pair however, were seen not long afterwards continuing their chasing display, without the gooseberry I might add.