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Old 05-18-2019, 05:58 AM   #166
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Two red kites look rather like a biplane in a picture by amateur photographer Wayne Lewis that captured them flying in formation at Bwlch Nant-Yr-Arian feeding station, near the village of Ponterwyd in Aberystwyth, Wales.
The native Red Kite population was persecuted almost to extinction in the 19th century and just a small number were left in mid-Wales.

Since then a local re-introduction project has increased the numbers substantially and they are now a frequent sight hereabouts.

We had one land in the front garden a few years ago and occasionally they settle in the tall trees behind the house.

Sadly, I found one bird that had flown into a power cable and severed a wing.

I took the poor soul to a nearby wildlife hospital and they were hopeful that it would survive in captivity as the point where the wing was severed is the point used in amputation and doesn't bleed too badly.

Unfortunately, it succumbed about a fortnight later.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:58 AM   #167
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It's a Kingbird.
Good catch, and thanks for the ID.

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A kingbird was photographed in 2009 defending its young by landing on and sinking its talons into the back of a red-tailed hawk and pecking its skull until the red-tailed hawk gave up and flew away...The genus name means "tyrant".
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:50 PM   #168
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:28 AM   #169
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On 5/31 last year I reported that the Bald Eagle chicks on the Santa Cruz Island live cams took their first flights.
It looks like the first ones will do so today or tomorrow.
The three siblings on the bottom cam are really active this morning.


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Old 05-29-2019, 11:38 AM   #170
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I saw one Fly.
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Old 05-29-2019, 05:43 PM   #171
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Watching the stream from Sauces Canyon and Fraser Point I don't see chicks, just one adult at each nest.
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:45 AM   #172
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The chicks are as big as the parents, who have white-feathered heads and tails.
Sometimes the feed gets stuck and they show previous highlights.
Two chicks (of three) at Fraser Point and both parents spent at least part of the night and can be seen by viewing earlier video by clicking on the timeline.
The rowdy youngsters have torn the crap out of the nest in the past week or so.
At 0844 Thursday there just one of the "babies."
Always only "Solo" at Sauces.
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:51 AM   #173
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Yeah, I looked again later and saw chicks.
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:01 PM   #174
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The Hanover birbs are "practicing", they're getting about an inch of air

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Old 06-01-2019, 02:46 PM   #175
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Up and at 'em lads!
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:52 PM   #176
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The single eaglet (Solo) at the Sauces nest finally soloed.
A landing at 0825 today lacked a little grace, but was nice to see.

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Old 06-18-2019, 06:55 PM   #178
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One of the Hanover youngsters was accidentally knocked out of the nest during a food delivery. The eaglet landed on a lower branch and is okay. Experts say he may find his way back to the nest by climbing, or may gain enough confidence to try flying off. Experts figure it is time to fledge; they have all the proper feathers to get started.

An interesting event in an otherwise great year for them.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:29 PM   #179
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The four eaglets on Santa Cruz Island are gone almost all of every day and night with an occasional visit with the hope of a meal.
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:43 AM   #180
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Only one birb in Hanover nest right now, looks ready to take the plunge.
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