|#100DaysOfNature Day 27|
It was only when Bug Mad Girl came home with a bright orangey red feather, that I realized how brown they all are. Most are dark brown and white, with the distinctive brown stripes on them. This feather was much brighter and redder that the rest, but still has the brown stripes on it.
The feathers are all different shapes and sizes. The longest ones (left in the picture above) are 45cm long. They're dark brown and get thinner at the tip, with a wider white strip down one side near the bottom. I think these must be the wing tip feathers that give the Red Kites the distinctive pointy wings when they're flying. The most common ones we find are dark brown, with a white side and brown stripes, that are wider on one side than the other and end in a point (right hand feather in the picture above). These must be either the tail or underwing feathers. Then the red feather (middle in the picture above) is 30cm long, much more rounded and a different colour to the other feathers.
In the photo below you can see the different types of wing and tail feathers, with their brown stripes clearly shown.