Forty years ago, my family and new step family holidayed in Wales.
We travelled to the only wood at that time to hold any red kites in the UK. I think the UK red kite population back then was less than a dozen.
We didn't see any.
Wind the clock forward forty years and they're all over the UK.
So much so in fact, that we now have one landing in one of our garden trees - a favourite perch it seems, from which to call in potential mates.
I don't even have to leave the lavatory to see red kites now.
I wish this success story was the same for all our birds...
(Photo of course taken by me, this afternoon. Canon 1Dx. 400mm f5.6 L lens. Hahnel Combi TF remote trigger. Camera and lens prefocused. I just pressed the trigger when I heard the kite calling from its favourite perch (I didn't even see it)).