Red Kite - Galloway Kite Trail, Scotland Photographer: John Cannon Photographer’s Notes: The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers. These birds are incredibly fast and agile and they use their large fan-shaped forked tails to provide steering. That makes them remarkably difficult to photograph.
A sparrowhawk on the hunt for prey struck a classic Batman pose as it perched on a branch with its wings spread into a makeshift 'cape'. Retired murder detective Ray Cooper, 65, spent 13 hours across two days in a rented bird hide in a clearing to capture the dramatic shot in Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.