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Old 16-09-2016, 07:17 PM
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Does anyone black fly kites? I realise its not a hunting bird but great general flying bird from what Ive seen.

I was wondering what they are like in terms of temperament compared to a Harris hawk (what Ive spent the most time around) and if there any limitations in terms of training/flying compared to a HH (not including hunting)

I saw one flown in a demo today and it was awesome. Graceful to watch and aerobatic too.

Think Im in love!
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Old 16-09-2016, 07:26 PM
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[QUOTE=Crumpet;2146851]Does anyone black fly kites?

No but I've heard a few white people do.
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Old 16-09-2016, 07:38 PM
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Does anyone black fly kites?

No but I've heard a few white people do.
LOL !

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Old 16-09-2016, 07:52 PM
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Where is the edit button?? Lol

I now open this question to white people aswell...
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Old 16-09-2016, 07:56 PM
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Sorry mate I couldn't help myself. Seriously though I love seeing red kites in the wild and my mate seen a black kite up in boland.
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Old 16-09-2016, 08:39 PM
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Nor could I....Sorry !

I have not flown or know anyone that has but The hawk conservancy in Andover have a team of black kites and they are awesome to watch fly !
Very acrobatic in the air , Flipping and turning , Catching food catapulted high in the air and eating it on the wing !

On a different note but Kite related...
I was in maidenhead recently picking up a damaged R6 for work and there were Red Kites flying above the housing estate literally about 15-20 off them !
I was just stood looking up in awe and the guy said 'what you looking at mate'
I explained that I fly birds and that Red Kites were rarer down near me ,
He said there are 100s of them around there and some people feed them in their gardens !

Have also heard but cannot confirm that there is a landfill site up that way where Kites outnumber Gulls .....Gerrards cross or something I think its called !

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Old 16-09-2016, 10:17 PM
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Where I volunteer have a Black Kite, he is a nice bird a bit jumpy but can fly really well. you literally just throw chick legs in the air for him to catch and eat on the wing, can stay airborne for ages if he is enjoying it.


Also have a female red and she is a cow, really nasty at some people but loves her 'dad'. Females seem to make worse imprints I have heard.


Only at BD23 so not far over the tops from Preston.


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Old 18-09-2016, 11:01 AM
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where I volunteer have a Black Kite, he is a nice bird a bit jumpy but can fly really well. you literally just throw chick legs in the air for him to catch and eat on the wing, can stay airborne for ages if he is enjoying it.


Also have a female red and she is a cow, really nasty at some people but loves her 'dad'. Females seem to make worse imprints I have heard.


only at BD23 so not far over the tops from Preston.


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Don't know what you mean Ian, Willow is a pussy cat, mind I prefer Leon for his colouring
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Old 18-09-2016, 11:20 AM
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Default Re: Black Kites

I was at The Hawk Conservancy Trust yesterday watching the Black Kites in the demonstration that John is referring to. I can only echo his words in regards to their flying abilities and how agile they are. Coming to think about it, I have seen quite a lot of Black Kites (all of them being demonstration birds.) I can imagine that with the right amount of experience with them and effort in their training, they could be great fun to have. In terms of their abilities as a hunting bird, I'm not sure although I can't imagine that they would provide any good sport.

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