Monday, 27 February 2012

Our Web site is down!

It was only this weekend that I discovered our web site to be non functioning.. This had, apparently, been the case for the past week but was invisible to us here at the farm.

This is the 2nd time in 2 years that the site has been down and that the promised backup system has failed.
Enough! I'm currently porting it all over to a new companies server, one with a different back up policy, and hope to back up and running soon.

In the mean time, we are still open, and feeding around 400 kites over an afternoon.

Open at 1pm, and feeding at 2pm.

Nikon cameras are having a photographic tutorial here on Wednesday with Chris Gomersall as lead photographer.
I believe there are 10 photographers signed up so the 2 towers are booked out on the 29th of this month.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Back in the news

The well travelled White Red Kite
While 'other things' have kept me from the keyboard these past few months, we have still been seeing kites in for rehabilitation, and, of course, feeding the growing number of red kites as winter has taken hold.
The white red kite, pictured here sporting a new tag J6, was brought back from it's trip to Boston, Lincolnshire..

Raptor Rescue arrived here with the kite and it is now in our rehabilitation centre while it relearns how to fly.

Landed after a short flight
The BBC plan to film the release the white red kite as they have followed its story to/from Lincolnshire and back to Wales.

The snow that fell last week did now amount to a lot and failed to cover the lower fields with much more than an inch. This soon melted off so there were few opportunities for photographers, hence the lack of an alert email.

Not all those brought to the Gigrin Rehabilitation centre make it back to the wild.
Just this week, a kite was brought in. It had been in collision with a car, some 20 miles from here, and had an obviously broken wing..

I took the bird to Harfon Vets, in Llanidloes, where it was x-rayed. The break was a very bad compound fracture of the 'elbow' and was untreatable. 

It is the policy, of the  welsh kite trust, that birds that cannot be nursed back to health are put down.

On a happier note, the other thing that has been taking my attention from this blog/news page.. I'm getting married, and its now just a few months away so there's lots to do..