Location – The Chiltern Hills ,Oxfordshire
A booking to speak to the RSPB local group at Didcot on this Monday evening took me to this part of Britain . The topic was to be ‘ Costa Rica’-Pura Vida . So with an overnight stay already booked in Oxford I decided to spend some time both viewing and hopefully photographing these wonderful birds. As it turned out the weather on the Monday deteriorated into rain, rain and more rain. But a trip round to check out the sites proved to be invaluable .On the Tuesday morning with a substantial improvement in the weather I set off for Watlington some 30 minutes away on the fringes of the Chilterns.
The Autumn colour in the trees had to be seen to be believed , with the maples and beeches at their very best . It soon became apparent that this was’ THE’ area with Kites already hugging the hillside in their characteristic flying pattern .I first chose to view down a tree lined valley having put out a local road killed pheasant to see if this would attract them , it did to some degree but not to get them down to the ground , it was however very misty until mid morning .
With several NT benches placed on the hillside the weather and the birds made for a most enjoyable day with distant views of Oxford and Didcot for good measure .From a photography perspective a blue sky background seemed to show off the birds to best effect and it really was most important to watch the birds to get an idea of their behaviour in order to anticipate their movements before tracking them through the air before squeezing the shutter button .