A sneaky visit to Nar Valley Fisheries before work this morning, ended up being far more interesting than I had expected or indeed wanted. Easily view able from the road by the first lake, a second year Red Kite was swinging around, tangled up in fishing line which was caught in a willow tree. The bird seemed in reasonable health despite its predicament.
I quickly realised that it was going to be somewhat troublesome to get it down and rang Allan Hale instructing him to get out of bed! He grabbed his ladder and collected my landing net from my garage, then drove over to meet me. I made several attempts to get close to the Kite, but because of it’s position, hanging out over the water, I was always a couple of metres away; some boy scout tactics were required.
Rummaging through my work bag I found some string with which I then tied a long branch to my landing net pole to give me a metre or so extra length but this was still not long enough. A further rummage in Allan’s car boot then provided us with a tow rope but this was too short; I was hoping to get it around the line and reel it in. A further modification to the rope, a bit of judicious throwing and soon the Kite was in my landing net. A quick swipe or two with a Swiss army knife soon freed the wing and all was looking good.
I was amazed at how calm the Kite remained as we did what we had to to rescue him; seeming instinctively to know we were friend not foe. The bird felt good and warm and apart from some badly ruffled primary feathers, looked well. It was quickly ringed and photographed, then released, it flew off strongly over the River Nar and was lost to view.
Photos by Allan Hale
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Ashley Banwell 2016
A short trip starting in Yuhovichy Forest in northern Belarus ending at the Curonian spit in Lithuania. The highlights included both Eurasian Pygmy and Ural Owls, White-backed Woodpecker and Hazel Grouse.
Greater White-fronted Goose
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker
Eurasian Blue Tit