Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Those chickens are a bit pointy!
day's rideout is worth relating here: it owes nothing to motorcycling but everything to nature. Riding along a stretch of road near the Chiltern escarpment I saw what appeared from a distance to be a group of chickens. Large glossy red-brown birds pecking in the road. Closer still they were revealed not as chickens but three red kites tearing at a piece of roadkill. These birds of prey were the subject of a successful re-introduction programme a few years ago in these parts. As I approached and slowed down they took to the air and for about a hundred yards I had my own Fly Away Home moment with a red kite flying at eye level about six feet in front of me. A beautiful - no, Stunning - bird, not having seen one this close before I'd never realised just how big they are. Why am I never in a position to take a picture when these things happen? Never mind - somebody else has.