An afternoon at Harewood House, Leeds.

Yesterday, I had occasion to visit Harewood House, near Leeds and, of course, I hoped to see red kites which were relocated here from mid-Wales many years ago.  I walked around the lake, through the walled gardens and, enjoyable though it was, I found nothing of interest to photograph.  So, back to the house and a seat in the splendid formal gardens on the south side.  I didn’t have to wait long before a common buzzard paid a brief visit overhead, followed fairly quickly by several red kites and then a painted lady on the purple flowers.  In fact, I found that lazing in the comfort of the garden was just about the best spot to photograph these magnificent birds.

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