How to Identify Red Kites
When viewed at distance red kites can usually be distinguished from buzzards by their pattern of flight.
A red kites wings turn back at the end while those of a buzzard are held slightly forward and are shorter.
The fork of a kites tail is not that pronounced at all times as the tail is often broadened to facilitate the rudder like movements that allow the bird so much agility in the air.
The fork in a red kites tails most often seen when the kite is flying in a relaxed manner and in a straight line. A buzzard tail will look shorter and stubbier.
A buzzard will often put in a succession of 3 short flaps as if thinking itself in danger of falling from the sky, while red kites will more often glide for long distances and even when action becomes inevitable the deep wing beat can look quite lethargic!