The new January Squares challenge, hosted as ever by Becky, the Queen of Squares,  is all about ____light. That’s words ending in light. In this often dull month light of any kind is what we all need to lift our spirits as we wait impatiently for spring to begin. Click on the link to find out more.

Plight of the red kite

(Source RSPB) This magnificently graceful bird of prey is unmistakable with its reddish-brown body, angled wings and deeply forked tail. It was saved from national extinction by one of the world’s longest-running protection programmes. It has now been successfully re-introduced to England and Scotland. Red kites are listed under Schedule 1 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Located in the remote western area of the Brecon Beacons National Park is the Black Mountain Red Kite Feeding Station at Llanddeusant.

plight (noun) = a dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation.

January Squares | Day Twenty-Five

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

20 thoughts on “Plight”

  1. I’m always excited to see a red kite. You can sometimes spot them flying overhead along a section of the M40. It’s a pity that plight is appropriate.

    1. First time I saw them was driving along the M40 near Princes Risborough. And we used to get them overhead in Ludlow too which is why I wanted to see them up close. They are magnificent birds.

    1. I took lots of photos, many were extremely bad due to the speed of these birds swooping down. You must go – it’s an amazing sight.

    1. They are lovely to see overhead, we don’t get them in Cornwall though. Here the buzzards, kestrels and sparrowhawks rule the sky.

  2. Isn’t he fabulous, we see them quite often now around us. They have spread down from Reading and Oxfordshire into Hampshire. So wonderful to see

  3. Magnificent bird. I’m glad to know that reintroduction is working, but I imagine there are still threats and the programme will need to continue.

  4. So interesting to see the red kite and a beautiful image! We have an abundance of the white kites here in Northern California. Several generations have lived in my tall pine trees 🙂

    1. I have not heard about white kites, I shall have to look them up. How wonderful to have such magnificent birds living on your land.

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