The Red Kite can now be seen over a wide area of the Chilterns, which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and is also sighted in many locations in nearby counties, including Herts, Hants, Wilts, Berks, etc.
With a growing population, the birds can frequently be seen over almost every village and town in the Chilterns, including larger towns such as High Wycombe and Thame.
A walk along the Icknield Way is a good place to watch them gliding over the Chilterns escarpment - with the best viewing points between Watlington and Chinnor.
In the Chilterns, a familiar sight is that of dozens of Kites following the farmer in his tractor as he works the land. Much as gulls do, the kites follow in the wake of the tractor picking up insects, including worms and beetles. During the nesting season, these pickings are taken back to the nest for the chicks.
Below are just a few of the locations that are recommended for viewing the kites.
West Wycombe Hill, Buckinghamshire
OS Grid reference SU827951
OS Grid reference SU760963
near Watlington, Oxfordshire
OS Grid reference SU702935
OS Grid reference SP755008
Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, Oxfordshire
OS Grid reference 731966
Photo: Aston Rowant NNR