Time of Year to Fly a Kite


The Yellow-billed kite Milvus aegyptius parasitus takes a holiday up in north Africa between breeding sessions, and returns from about August onwards to get back to business. At first, groups of them are common, but as summer gets into gear one sees singles and doubles jealously guarding their territories. It’s Not This Time of Year Without…them signalling the accelerating approach of summer and holidays and the Festive Season and all.  The first to see their return says gleefully, ‘The YBKs are back!’  Later comes the announcement, ‘The YBKs are pairing off!’

By the same token the statement, ‘The YBKs have left,’ is given in a doleful voice.

Now, as promised in an earlier post, some more pictures from the tiny private garden down the road from us from which I took the shot of the kite.

garden-7    garden-2



garden-4    garden-3

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19 Responses to Time of Year to Fly a Kite

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  2. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    ….and of course-nothing heralds the start of summer more than the call ‘Piet-my-vrou” from the Red-Chested Cuckoo-I heard my first of the season yesterday, which is rather late!


  3. calmgrove says:

    And we in the UK say the same about the swallows and the house martins that arrive in April and May from out of Africa to nest in outhouses and under the eaves; and we’re equally bereft in September when they gather before flying back south.


  4. That’s amazing. Great shots. I love the boardwalk photo best of all.


  5. we say the same thing when the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos arrive – just before Christmas 😀


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