Monday, 16 April 2012

Kite Watching in Wales

The Forestry Commission picnic area at Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth is one of our favourite stopping-off points on trips to Wales. From the back of the car park, you can look down Cwm Melindwr towards Aberystwyth and on a clear day catch a distant glimpse of the sea.

Go the other way and walk round the small lake....

...and maybe catch the red kites coming in for their daily feeding session

This was the first time we'd managed to time our stop-over just right to catch them at dinner.

Fifty, maybe sixty, kites flew in, their numbers increasing as feeding time approached.

Having at last seen this amazing sight, we'll make sure that in future we pass by at the right time of day!

A return visit in 2013


  1. Fab looking place. And you have got some stunning pictures of kites. Whenever I try to photograph birds all I get is a load of weird shapes as they have flapped their wings into the wrong position or put on a sudden turn of speed and become all blurred...

    1. It's the blessing of digital photography. I can take FAR too many and happily delete most. I'm only using a little compact camera and never took anything as good on my old expensive 35mm SLR!

  2. I love seeing Kites in the wild,one of the UK'S conservation triumphs. Looks a lovely place to spot them from. Popped over from Outdoor Bloggers

    1. Thanks for dropping by. It's a lovely place, even without the kites. There's a cafe, play area for children, a mix of short, medium and long walks, and cycle trails. The kites though are amazing - especially the way they obviously know when it's feeding time, and they can be seen flying in from quite a distance just for "dinner".