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Friday, 05 September 2003 00:00

September 2003

It was noticeable that the heavier females were slower to take off from the food dumps, during misty and windless days, when disturbed. At times they appeared to be somewhat vulnerable. When placing food on the hillside the female wing tags were seen regularly whilst the males, if present, were recorded more often by their radio signals. Maybe the females also spend more time feeding at the food dumps. On one occasion Red L (a female) was flushed from the food dump and landed some distance away. It immediately started to walk up the slope through the molinia tussocks in an ungainly fashion. I walked toward it rather anxiously to ensure it was not carrying an injury. By now it had climbed 15-20m and walked out on a rocky outcrop and it simply launched itself off the vantage point. It flew comfortably and was feather perfect. Its large protruding crop was very evident.

Yellow Horizontal Bar was in the park on the 4th September and Blue 4 was noted near Slieve Snaght. Blue 4 and Blue 5 were noted near Dunlewy on the 18th September. All eleven newly released birds were recorded in the release area on the 19th. Between the 24th-26th September there was a noticeable decrease in the amount of carrion eaten at the food dump, suggesting the young birds had located and fed on a carcass elsewhere on the hill. Red T was last noted in the Park on the 26th September. Red N was seen soaring over the Glendowan Mountains on the 29th September.

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