It’s very often the case that the last I see of a red kite that has spent time recovering in the rehabilitation centre is its flight back into the wild.
However, I have received not only news but also a photograph of one such bird.
The kite had been found in a poor state last July near Aberystwyth having recently fledged and brought here to the Gigrin Rehabilitation Aviaries to be cared for.
When it was again ready for the great outdoors it was rung and tagged as Z1 by Tony Cross, and released on 17 August 2010.
Whilst out birding last Sunday morning ( at Mynydd Ty alwyn, Llangynwyd,Maesteg, South Wales) Jeff Slocombe spotted Z1, and took the photograph on in this post.