One of the great things about eastern Germany has always been the red kites, huge, floppy, swallow-tailed raptors seen in just about any open area of the countryside.
These carrion-eaters don’t need to be quite as nimble as some of their smaller, more ambitious relatives, but they are still impressively maneuverable in the air, twisting and turning as they pass by at often remarkably close range.
As this bird revealed the other day, it’s all in how they use that long, deep-forked tail.
No promises, no guarantees, but I don’t see how we could miss this species next fall. Join me in Brandenburg and Berlin!