Red Kite Feeding at Gigrin Farm
A visit to the Red Kite Centre at Gigrin Farm which is located in the heart of Mid Wales, overlooking both the Wye and Elan Valleys, and just half a mile from the market town of Rhayader.
Wild red kites are fed at Gigrin Farm every day of the year, and at feeding time 100's of Red Kites can be seen performing breathtaking feats of aerial piracy as the red kites compete with buzzards and ravens for choice pickings.
At the farm there are five specialist hides for viewing the feedings and photography. The hides are located only a few metres from the action which makes it easy to photograph the kites in flight and diving for food. The video below shows how many red kites are flying and how close they are!
Although the main attraction seems to end after only a few minutes and most people wander off, it's well worth hanging around. While most of the birds fly off, a lot of the younger ones stay on and pick up the scraps and since it's not as busy in the skies they are slower and more relaxed. This means they are easier to photograph. Also, with fewer people around you can move about the hides and reposition yourself easier.
Click here to view my gallery of Red Kites feeding at Gigrin Farm.