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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