“Behold the soaring crow and kite
Emblazoned in their woodland flight
Plumed in totem black and red
As if both heart and night had bled
Elemental sprites of air
To make poor humans stop and stare.”
The photograph above shows a crow and a red kite of Argaty, this being one of the first sites that was chosen for the reintroduction of this wonderful species in the UK after it was wiped out for being a purported “threat” to game and livestock. These creatures have a wingspan of 5 feet, but they tip the scales at less than 2 kilograms, which means they can’t take prey bigger than a baby rabbit.
Photograph and accompanying text by kind permission of Neil (Red Raven) of Awen Photos. Verse by Dennis Price.