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Red Kite Rising


Red Kite - Cameos of Bird Life #15

It was one of those serendipitous moments - hanging out the washing I looked up at the sound of whistling, thinking it was the farmer working his dogs. Only to see a couple of Red Kite rising from the fields with lazy wing beats and forked tails twisting - pale red-brown marionettes in the morning sun ...

distant bells 
red kite rising
into sunlight

Once a very rare bird, thanks to successful reintroduction projects these wonderful birds can now be seen regularly in all parts of Britain. It’s a real joy to see them soaring high in the sky.

Artist Biography

The header image of, ‘Red Kite in Mere Bowl’ by James Lynch, is painted using the ancient medium of egg tempera - a mix of pure ground pigments, egg yolk and water giving the painting a distinctive translucent glow.

James grew up in Wiltshire and lives in Somerset. Since his first sell-out exhibition in the West Country in the 1980s he has won awards, exhibited regularly in London and received many commissions from private clients and corporations. He is a keen paraglider pilot and this ‘wild flying’ with buzzards inspires many of his atmospheric Wessex skyscapes and landscape paintings, for which he is known.

Here is a link to his website ...

You can also see many of his stunning paintings on Instagram ...

Audio Citation

The recording by Beatrix Saadi-Varchmin, is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world.

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Alan Summers
August 31, 2021 10:57 pm

Ah, that’s a different sound than in Buckinghamshire, where it sounds like part of a human song. Intriguing.


September 1, 2021 12:46 am

I really look forward to your posts. The sounds, the poetry. You really have it going on my friend.

September 1, 2021 7:36 am

What a wonderful painting and kite-song

September 1, 2021 8:20 am

The haiku also is sonal-evocative!

September 1, 2021 11:13 am

Brilliant, Clive, the Red Kite sounds just like the farmer whistling to his dogs! It’s an amazing call and nothing like the Buzzard’s whistling either! We have a few Red Kite here, reintroduced here from Wales about 10 years ago. It’s slow progress for them to re-establish here. I did some voluntary work with the NIRSG a couple of years ago. A beautiful bird. Marvellous verse too! 🙏

Reply to  Clive Bennett
September 1, 2021 2:30 pm

Slowly, they return, but with such a small population they are easily abused.

Reply to  Clive Bennett
September 2, 2021 9:39 am

Dear Clive, all of nature and the planet is in such an awful mess I sometimes feel like one of those people walking around with a billboard declaring “the end is nigh”. It is difficult trying to remain positive!

September 1, 2021 4:18 pm

Wow, that does sound just like a human whistling!! You’ve painted a beautiful description of the kites, and the painting by James Lynch is gorgeous! I will transform and transplant your rising haiku into our growing Garden. Thanks, Clive!

September 1, 2021 6:19 pm

Ah! This brought to mind when I was in Britain way back when I was 15 and saw red kites over the meadows!

September 2, 2021 9:43 am

A great combination yet again of your poetry, bird art and info on another beautiful bird. My daughter now sees them over West London!

September 2, 2021 3:41 pm

[…] This uplifting hokku was composed by Clive Bennett. […]

November 14, 2021 4:43 am

Hey Clive, I just wanted to thank you, again, for allowing me to add many of your beautiful haiku to the Hokku Garden. They greatly enriched the blog, for which I’m very grateful. I’ll continue reading this blog and/or any other blog that you compose. I love the way you write. Thanks, Clive. (no reply necessary)