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Displaying items by tag: Female Black K
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 22:10

RK female Black K

Female "Black K" was collected from the Carmarthenshire area of Mid-Wales. She was collected on the 19th June 2008 by Tony Cross of the Welsh Kite Trust. On the day of collection she weighed in at 893g. A nestling kite of that weight could be male or female, but Tony judged it to be a female given the thickness of its tarsus (leg). She was ringed and brought back to Gigrin Farm, Rhayader, where she lived in the aviaries for the next three days before being brought back to Ireland on the 22nd June.

On the 14th July "Black K" was fitted with its wing tags, tail mounted radio and solar powered satellite backpack. "Black K" was tagged by Dr. Marc Ruddock of the Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group. All 2008 birds got the same tags, with individual letters, so Marc fitted a blue tag on the left wing, indicating a Wicklow bird and a black tag on the right wing indicating a 2008 bird. "Black K" has a slightly heavier pack weighing 12g, compared to "Black T's" 9g pack. Both packs are well within the recommended weights for red kites. Prior to release the "Black K" weighed 1034g, confirming Tony's initial sexing of the bird.

"Black K" was released on 24th July and has remained in the release area since.

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