Red kites are easily identifiable by their large size (almost 2 m wingspans), their reddish-brown color and deeply forked tail.
In Scotland, at the end of the 19th century, human persecution provoked the extinction of red kites.
Between 1989 and 2009, a vast project has been deployed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Scottish Natural Heritage to reintroduce red kites in Scotland. The raptors come from Sweden and East Germany. Actually, there are more or less 300 couples living in Scotland. Birds of prey remain extremely vulnerable to human persecution. Some cases, poisoning or shooting, have been reported these last years.
The photos are taken mainly at the RSPB Tollie Red Kites near Dingwall in Scotland.