A brilliant image of two red kites has been snapped by former Royal Navy chef Josh Adamms. Josh captured the birds in flight in Rhayader, near the Elan Valley.

Red kites were driven to extinction in England by the end of the nineteenth century but a small population survived in Mid Wales. For most of the next century there was little chance of the birds repopulating in their original areas.

For more about the remarkable story of red kites in Wales, read Jude Rogers' account Up close with the red kites in Wales for Visit Wales of her trip to the Rhayader farm that helped fuel the kite revival.

The National Wales: Credit: Josh AdammsCredit: Josh Adamms

There are a number of feeding centres for red kites in Wales which guarantee getting up, close and personal with these spectacular birds of prey. Each gives a chance to see kites feeding and their feats of aerial piracy.

They include the Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre at Rhayader, the Llanddeusant Red Kite Feeding Station in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Carmarthenshire, and the Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Centre in Ponterwyd, near Aberystwyth. They’re also seen regularly at RSPB Cwm Clydach in the Swansea Valleys.

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