On Sunday my brother who lives in Ruislip had invited me down to one of his garden parties.Now these garden parties are not to be missed as he and his wife put on a good show and there is always excellent food and drink.
I set off early on Sunday morning so I could take advantage of this trip down the M40 and make a small diversion to see one of my favourite birds the Red Kite which are pretty easy to find in the Chilterns.This time I thought I would try a different spot which had been recommended to me some time ago by Pete Walkden who knows a lot of very good spots to see birds.This particular spot was not too far from J5 just past Stokenchurch along the lane between Waterend and Beacons Bottom.
I found the lane quite easily and it does not seem to matter where you park because there were at least 20 birds cruising around some of them coming pretty low including one star that flew down the lane at hedge level.It wasn't all plain sailing though because a lot of the time the Kites were between me and the sun which was a bit of a sod when you are trying to get some decent shots and not silhouettes.
When we are lucky enough to get a distant glimpse of a Red Kite in our area we are pretty pleased but I noticed all the locals who walked the lane when I was there took them for granted and didn't look even when these beautiful birds flew very close to them.What a difference a few miles make!!!!
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