Last weekend the dh and I took advantage of the lovely autumn weather to go for Sunday lunch and then visit the Red Kite feeding centre not too far from our home.
The Red Kite is a stunningly beautiful bird, but there were, until twenty years ago, as few as thirty breeding pairs in its stronghold in Carmarthenshire.
The Llanddeusant Red Kite Feeding Station was opened in the summer of 2002 by a local partnership with support from the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Welsh Red Kite Trust and various other notable wildlife organisations and individuals. The centre is designed to fit naturally into the landscape and to provide bird lovers the ideal opportunity to witness Red Kites, Buzzards and other birds feeding.
The birds were already wheeling round when we arrived an hour before feeding time. First half a dozen or so, then more and more began to arrive.
As the food arrived, not too much, these are wild birds, they swooped and one of the other watchers counted over sixty birds, wheeling and diving.
The views over the Black Mountains were stunning, too. I can't wait to go back.