Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be introduced to another farm on the outskirts of Leeds. The location is wonderful - on the side of a valley with a distant backdrop of the other side. Red Kites were everywhere - and much lower than most. There is a good population here, no doubt birds that have spread their way from the reintroduction programmes at Harewood and Bramham. My aim was to photograph them in flight and once the snow arrived I headed for the farm. After trying them with a bit of food it was clear that they would come down for it, but they wouldn't tolerate me close enough to photograph in the open. I had to re-think. After scouting round, I discovered what was one of the luckiest finds ever - an old pig shed with a good sized window, looking out onto one of the fields. There was no doubt that this was the spot. Not only was it pretty good photogenically, but it was also next to the farmhouse so kites would be used to seeing people come and go. I pinned some camouflage material to the window, left a folding stool and beanbag, and planned to return the next day. From then on it was a case of getting some fresh rabbit and putting it out as bait. The first day in my hide saw a couple of kites come down to feed, but it would get much better than this.
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