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sheerdarwinism:

Red Kites (Milvus milvus) were once extinct in Scotland and England, but were reintroduced between 1989 - 1992. In January of 2006, the first sighting of a red kite in London in 150 years was reported by The Independent. That same year in June, several locations reported breeding for the first time since the reintroduction.

The birds were also reintroduced in Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2007 and 2008 respectively, with successful breeding reported in both countries in 2010.

As of 2011, non-breeding birds are regularly seen all over Britain, with the number of breeding pairs now too numerous for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) to count annually. The total number of newly hatched chicks from the 30 released birds, reported in Ireland as of 2010, was 7.

Photos from The Telegraph Pictures of the Day, 8 March 2013.

fairy-wren:

adult red kite grabs juvenile by the tail

fairy-wren:

adult red kite grabs juvenile by the tail

avianeurope:

Leucistic Red Kite (Milvus milvus) »by Neptuno Photography

avianeurope:

Leucistic Red Kite (Milvus milvus) ┬╗by Neptuno Photography