Excerpt from Scottish Raptor Study Group web site “Between 1989 and 2009 a joint RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage project was undertaken to reintroduce red kites to Scotland, with the ambition of restoring the bird eventually to all of its former range in the country.” The nearest Red Kite re-introduction site to my home (Livingston) is at Argaty Red Kites, Lerrocks Farm, Doune. Excerpt from web site “The farm lies on the Braes of Doune in the area of Central Scotland where the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage have reintroduced the red kite. It is with their help that we are providing a facility for enjoying the birds in comfort but without the risk of disturbing what is still a fragile population.” It is approximately 1 hour drive. It was here in 2007 I first saw these magnificent scavenging birds. Since then I have made regular visits to Argaty. This image was taken on 25th March 2012 with Canon 60D and Sigman 150-500 zoom.
Life has a habit of continuous surprise and it sprang a beauty on me and my partner in October 2015 . The surprise was of such magnitude that I ceased to blog, take photographs and resorted to playing a trivial game on Facebook. I recognised the syndrome as I went through it caring for my late mother during her battle with cancer in 2010. My partner has written about her adventure from diagnose to final chemo sessions, these can be found at her blog Feeding the Soul. Susan had her belated last chemo session three weeks ago and I am very pleased to say that she is doing well. It was not just the cancer that put an enforced stop to our activities the additional element and I mean element was water in the form of rain. We had almost non stop rain between November 2015 and March 2016. In fact yesterday in Livingston we had heavy sleet turning to snow and a drop in temp to 0c.
In order to counteract the onset of any depression I spent time organising my images and re-editing some of my earlier shots using Adobe Lightroom 5.7 and Google Nik plug in software for Photoshop/Lightroom. One such image was taken in February 2012 that of a Peregrine Falcon at a photoshoot. Picture on left was my original edit of the shot; picture on right my latest edit using Adobe Lightroom 5.7 and Google Nik software.
Whilst I like both edits I must admit my preferences is for the newer edited image.
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