Kite 'tried to kill Pomeranian' at Widbrook Common
A bird of prey twice tried to snatch a woman's dog as she walked in fields near her home in Berkshire.
Kate Hillman, from Maidenhead, said the large kite swooped down and attacked Vinnie, her five-year old Pomeranian.
Ms Hillman said she tried to scare it off, but the bird kept going for the dog, near Widbrook Common in Cookham.
The RSPB said red kites were not aggressive and the attacks, which happened last weekend, were "very unusual".
Ms Hillman said: "It had been following us for the last minute-and-a-half of the walk and it was just getting closer and closer.
'Claws came out'
"I thought something is not right here, so I kept him close, and then that was it - it came in for him.
"I actually saw the claws come out and it was huge, absolutely huge.
"I don't know why I did this but I stepped forward, stamped my feet on the floor and shouted 'Oi!' at this bird.
"I've got [Vinnie] in my arms and it's actually coming back down for him.
"So I hurried along to my car and thought 'I can't believe this has just happened'.
"Then exactly the same thing happened the next day."
She said the kite was five times the size of Vinnie, who weighs 2kg.
According to Ms Hillman, there has been a large increase in the number of kites in the area.
Sam Stokes, from the RSPB, said red kites were scavengers who usually targeted worms and road kill.
He said: "At this time of year they can become territorial if they are nesting nearby.
"They do use this swooping behaviour, either to take a closer look at something that they're not quite sure of, or they will attempt to chase away anything they may be threatened by.
"They've been reported taking small mammals, but we're talking mice and field voles."
Source: BBC News