Some UK raptors

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5 years 4 months ago #73794 by nkgray
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Have had some very interesting sightings in the past few days.

At the RSPB Dungeness reserve I came across a Eurasian Marsh-Harrier....



...and a Peregrine Falcon that got too close to the wooden rafts on one of the ponds, placed there to encourage Common Terns to nest. The terns mobbed the Peregrine, who beat a hasty retreat.





Today I came across a raptor in the middle of the road at a rabbit road-kill on Muggleswick Common in County Durham. To my surprise I found that this was one of the re-introduced and re-established Red Kites in this part of north-east England. From website http://www.northernkites.org.uk/updates2005.htm I discovered that this is a female named Rosie who was released on 8 July 2005 and has not been reported since April 2007. The wing tag number 23 can be clearly seen.






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5 years 4 months ago #73819 by gordon
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Nice shots Neil!

You certainly are doing some travelling!

Kruger, UK then presumably back to South America... <!-- s:spin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/spin.gif" alt=":spin:" title="Spinning" /><!-- s:spin: -->

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5 years 4 months ago #73820 by nkgray
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Gordon,

Yes. Will be back in Santiago on Monday night!!!

I have just had some feedback from the Friends of the Red Kite working group, who are thrilled to hear that Rosie is OK after being "awol" for over 5 years. I will post a link to their website when they report the update on Rosie.

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5 years 4 months ago #73822 by gordon
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Hi Neil,

You have to wonder where the kite was for all that time?

Would be interesting to fit a tracking device and see what the habits are....

Have a safe trip back to Santiago!

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5 years 4 months ago #73846 by Margaret
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Thanks for sharing Neil. I hope you travel safely and a lot, as we are benefitting from it. Congratulations with finding Rosie! Michael

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5 years 4 months ago #73886 by nkgray
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Well, the latest is that the Red Kite is not Rosie after all. There was some confusion over tag colours/numbering with only the right wing tag details, but when I found an image that showed the left wing tag also, it turns out that the bird in question was released in Cumbria in 2011. This is still interesting nonetheless, as the bird has chosen to leave the area of release and travel across the Pennines to the upper Weardale area where I took the photos.

For more information on the Red Kite project have a look at [url:v01c87vp]http://www.friendsofredkites.org.uk/F5%20ring_tag_final.pdf[/url:v01c87vp]


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