Another weekend, another journey across Salisbury Plain in search of landscapes and birds to photograph.
On the way to the Plain, we were fortunate to see a young red kite sitting in a tree:
I have since learned from a helpful member of the RSPB forums that one of the ways you can tell that this is a young kite is by the darkness of the eyes; as they mature, the eyes of the red kite become whiter.
When we finally took the Mitsubishi up onto the Plain, the light was somehow disappointing. The day was sunny, but it was a watery kind of sunshine, with ill-defined, grey clouds, and hazy distances. There were, at least, some birds, and some posed photogenically on the barbed-wire fences.
At the moment, there is an abundance of whinchats:
… and of stonechats:
There were many, many stonechats; the above is a female — here is a male, posing:
There were many, many other small birds, including meadow pipits and goldfinches, and larger corvids, kestrels and buzzards. There were plenty of linnets, as the flock photographed at the head of this post indicates. Here they are, taking wing from the field in which they were browsing for food:
After returning from the Plain, I had a little journey around Froxfield and Rudge, and finally found a landscape shot:
… although it was really more a pastel-coloured sunset with faint pink ladyfingers in a sky of light and varying orange and Spanish blue…