Sunday, 21 June 2009

Red Kite encounters a bride at the Baltic

at the Baltic yesterday, a bride ( bottom left) encountered an unusual sight:
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a massive Red Kite:
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Red Kites are bird of prey with a wingspan of almost two metres, and a distinctive forked tail.
By the early 1900s they had practically disappeared from the UK due to hunting and poisoning.
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In 2004 the Northern Kites Project began to return the kites to North East England, after an absence of over 170 years. 94 kites were released in the lower Derwent Valley and a viable breeding colony has been established. The ceremony at the Baltic was to celebrate the success of the project.
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4 comments:

  1. That's fantastic and absolutely wonderful! My hair's standing on end. Many, many thanks to all the men and women on this project.

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  2. So glad to hear of the effort to bring these birds back...the bride will certainly have something to talk about...one never knows what will happen when one marries...

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  3. What a fascinating posting...and a great effort by all those people...and what a neat way to celebrate!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments

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