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Red Kite, Tagged

Observed: 29th August 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Red Kite, Grafham Water, 2013-08-29 005
Red Kite, Grafham Water, 2013-08-29 d
Description:

This Red Kite was flying over the northwest shore of Grafham Water. First one I've seen here, though I'm sure they're fairly common nowadays.
This one has a large tag on its port wing.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

DavidHowdon's picture

Did you manage to read the tag?

Or even just see its colour, which would tell you where it was tagged.

Simon Walker's picture

Sorry David

Couldn't read it. I've been through all the photos I took, but it was hand held with a 500mm as it flew over.
I've tweaked the clearest image with Photoshop, and added it to this post, but I can't even be certain of the colour. If I knew what the options were, maybe, but I don't...

Regards

Simon

DavidHowdon's picture

Wing tags

There is a list of the colour codes used here http://www.friendsofredkites.org.uk/page11.htm

Simon Walker's picture

Thanks, David

Most useful. Looking at the options, I think it's safe to say it's white. But if the tag is the same type as the ones on the website, the number would be invisible on a flying bird, at least most of the time. If the number was repeated on the bottom of the fitted tag at least there would be a chance of reading it!
I've come across a similar problem with rings on smaller birds. I've quite often photographed them with sufficient detail to read the characters of the ring, but as the numbers go round it, the chances of getting the qhole number are really quite slight.
I've successfully identified a couple of nightingales at Little Paxton though, with two bands on each leg; and a turnstone in Norfolk, similar system.

Regards

Simon