A re introduction programme that started in the late 1980s has made them an increasingly familiar and impressive sight in our skies. But not, it is clear, in our waters.

According to RSPB spokesman Grahame Madge: 'There is a lot of myth surrounding red kites supposedly attacking other birds and pets, but they are scavengers. They're not known for their courage in battle.'

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In the battle of goose versus kite, however, there was always going to be just one winner. Canada geese are aggressive in defence of their young and this one was easily the size of a family Christmas dinner.