I then headed down the hill to my parents house. The red kites that nest in their back garden every year are busy nest building and mating, so I was hoping to catch them on camera! As usual they didn't do what I wanted them to do! I did see Kenny (the male) taking some twigs into their nest though. Apparently he does all the nest building and it's really starting to take shape now.
The nest is in a tree just outside their back door, so we'll hopefully get a good view of any chicks they manage to raise.
|The nest is top right in the picture and their house is bottom left|
|They appear to be nesting in the little hole to the left of her tail|
|Both the female and male house sparrow were in and out of their basement flat!|
As the kites weren't 'performing', Dad gave them some chicken so I could video them. I haven't slowed it down this time so you can see how fast and quiet they are. Also note how quickly they come down for it after he's thrown it on the lawn. At the end of the video you can see two of them having a mid-air fight over a piece of chicken.
I'll try again another day to get photos or video of them mating. Apparently it's a very noisy affair (my parents can hear them from inside the house) and they mate at least 5 times a day for about 6 weeks.