The Red Kite
The Skåne region, the southernmost in Sweden, is a natural paradise for avifauna lovers and birdwatchers (and not only), both because 192 of the 250 species of birds present in the country can be found here, and because it’s a very important point – perhaps the most important in Europe – during migratory flows: think that right here 359 different species have been sighted that use the region as a support point during their migration.
The red kite (Milvus Milvus) is not a migratory bird but a stationary one, and after having almost become extinct in the 1970s, it has now become the most common bird of prey in Skåne, so much so that it is considered the symbolic bird of the region, making this a destination coveted by birdwatchers from all over Europe, given that in many other countries the red kite is an absolute rarity.
Being so numerous, it is not difficult to spot it circling over cultivated fields and green pastures in search of food such as small mammals, reptiles, and fish.
Despite having photographed it over and over again, I cannot resist it when I am lucky enough to admire it up close, while it is gliding over my head, or while it’s perched on a tree, always and in any case, careful to scan the area in search of prey.