A couple of days ago whilst out photographing butterflies I noticed two Red Kites gently circling overhead. As they are a common sight in this area I didn't really pay them to much attention, they were also quite high in the sky. But on a second glance one seemed to be behaving rather strangely, it was jinking, rolling and fluttering before returning to its customary steady glide! Then looking at it thro' the bino's (all the time it's getting further away) I could see that all the jerky movements were accompanied by a thrust of its talons and then putting them up to its beak. My impression was that it had got something stuck in its talons and was somehow trying to dislodge it.
A trick that I sometimes use to help clarify a distant ID is to take a picture with the 400mm lens and then enlarge it on the computer. The resulting pictures are very grainy and of poor quality but sometimes they do make things a little bit easier to solve.
And this time was no exception, mystery solved............
............. it was catching and eating bugs (a dragon fly maybe?)
I've never seen a Red Kite doing this before, but I guess food is food however its caught!