25 January 2013
Tagged Red Kites
Feeding back the info to the relevant recorder is vitally important and it does help the people who work to conserve the species understand more about the birds. Plus it gives value to the work put into tagging the birds in the first place.
I was surprised that my photos had come out well enough to record this data and I will certainly be taking more photos of Red Kites in the future. Indeed BLACK A3 is a bird that I didn't think was wearing a tag in the first place, so it's worth taking a few shows and checking later if the opportunity presents itself.
Please report your records of Red Kite with tags in a sensible manner. A tagged bird photographed inside the breeding season should NOT be made public on websites or blogs (certainly not the location), but try instead to make contact with a trusted member of the local birding community you might know, who will be able to pass on the info to the relevant authority. It is also worth noting that it's an offence to take photographs of Schedule 1 birds during the breeding season, in their breeding territory, without a proper licence. Clearly, the welfare of Red Kites during the breeding season must not be put at risk in order to get a nice clear photo of a wing tag!
There's plenty of info about tag codes and Red Kite conservation online, found easily by google search etc.
[Please note that a very good photo of just one tag would show all the details for a Red Kite. A smaller bar found underneath the letter and number code is the same colour as the tag on the opposite wing]