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May 22, 2011 / hhsiegrist


There a two species of kites in Switzerland, one is the migratory Black Kite (Milvus migrans), the other one is the more sedentary Red Kite (Milvus milvus). Both species can be seen living close together and flying majestically in the blue summer skies. As I live close to a big lake I have a strong population of Black Kites in my surroundings which makes them a bit less hard to photograph.

As birds of prey, both species are extremely difficult to approach and the photographs one gets are mostly of flying birds such as this Red Kite:

or this Black Kite:

Occasionally, and when food plays a role in attracting these birds, photography can be made from a closer distance. “Close” meaning 20 to 30 metres as with this Black Kite:

The populations of both species have been increasing over the last few years which is encouraging. Hopefully this is not a temporary phenomenon.

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  1. aNette / Jun 8 2011 14:59

    Hallo Hans, Rolf hat mir berichtet, dass du ein ungewöhnlich guter Naturfotograf bist. Sogleich habe ich mich auf dem Weg zu dir gemacht, um zu stöbern. Als erstes fiel mit der Buntspecht auf, ein wirklich rattenscharfes Foto. Ich habe zwar schon mal einen gesehen, aber wie man so ein tolle Foto hinbekommt, ist mir ein Rätsel. Auch deine Milane sind eine bemerkenswerte Dokumentation unser Natur. Ich werde weiterhin ehrfürchtig deinen Blog verfolgen 😉 lg aNette (die mit den Schwänen)

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