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Tonights offering is of a Leucistic Red Kite taken again at Gigrin last weekend. An explanation of Leucistic is below for those who are not familiar with the expression:
"Leucistic means that the colouration is mainly pure white and not the usual reds and blacks of a 'normal' kite. Leucism differs from albinism in that pigment is not entirely absent - in most cases it is at least retained in the eyes. This Leucistic individual is mainly white, and has blue eyes - not to be confused for Albino which means the lack of colouring evidenced by pink eyes."

The upper plumage of this bird is very very white but underneath it appears darker although nothing like the colouring of the Red Kite. You can also see that this one has been tagged on its wings.

Thanks for the votes & comments on yesterdays upload - much appreciated, Take care all,

Louise

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:100-400 L series
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Leucistic Red Kite I
Username:Louise_Morris Louise_Morris
Uploaded:7 Apr 2011 - 6:44 PM
Tags:General, Gigrin, Leucistic Red Kite, Wildlife / nature
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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2011 - 6:47 PM

Good flight shot.
Colin

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2011 - 6:50 PM

brilliant detail wonderful colours a cracking in flight capture nice one Wink
andy

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2011 - 7:17 PM

Great in flight shot Louise.
Alvar

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VidB
VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2011 - 7:34 PM

Good in flight image again Lou, and a very good explanation of the word Leucistic ( bet you had to look it up LOL ) Good work
Dave

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2011 - 7:38 PM

Excellent flight shot Louise. Magnificent birds. It may help someone I suppose but I cant help feeling that its a pity they cant find another system apart from those awful great wing tags.
Ron

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
7 Apr 2011 - 7:41 PM

Wonderful flight shot Lou, a cracking image.

len

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
7 Apr 2011 - 9:16 PM

Another wonderful in flight shot Louise. What settings do you use to get these? Moira

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
7 Apr 2011 - 9:26 PM

Excellent capture Louise,
Fred.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2011 - 6:06 AM

A stunning image, Louise. Carol

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acousticmist
8 Apr 2011 - 9:21 AM

Well captured Louise.................Martin

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wolf1
wolf1  4 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2011 - 5:16 PM

Another great capture Louise, great explanation also.
Andy

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2011 - 6:19 PM

A very good detailed shot and interesting write up - I am yet wiserWinkWink

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2011 - 10:24 PM

Great in flight shot Louise and a very informative write up,
Geoff.

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Peagreen
Peagreen  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2011 - 10:24 PM

A fantastic and very detailed inflight shot, Louise. Thanks for the very interesting and informative write up. Smile
Take care, enjoy your weekend,
Pauline

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JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
10 Apr 2011 - 5:01 PM

Another lovely image Louise! One of the RSPB guys told us that the Leucistic are also sterile (due to inter-breeding apparently). John

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