Pam and I decided to go to McArthur Glen shopping centre near Ashford at lunchtime, and it wasn't until we was about halfway between J8 and J9 on the M20 that we had a nice view of a Red Kite.
It was 12:38 when it came into view(I thought I would make a note of the time). I saw this large raptor behind the tree line on the opposite side of the road. my first thought was a Common Buzzard because we have sen them there before, but then it came out from behind the tree's being mobbed by a Carrion Crow. It wasn't until it banked round a little Pam then noticed it had a forked tail. I know she was driving but like me she has seen a lot of Kites in Wales over the years, and it's tale makes it unmistakable.
It went virtually straight over the car with the crow in tow heading north. Fortunately we have got a sun roof in the car so when it passed over I was then able to get a better view of it. What a stonking bird. To see a Red Kite in Kent is a really good sighting. This made me feel so elated because it is and always will be my favourite bird.
Below is a link for information and photo's of the Red Kite.