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I have put this up more for interest than anything. It is a genetic variation of the Red Kite which is much paler then normal. It is not an albino as it still has normal coloured eyes. They are called Leucistic. As you can see this one is not that much different underneath than normal but is much lighter on top. They can be almost completely white. This particular bird is last years chick. They tend to be driven off by other birds and this one did better after the initial frenzy had died down a bit.

Camera:1DMk11n
Lens:EF500mm f4 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Leucistic Red Kite
Username:barnowl barnowl
Uploaded:17 Dec 2007 - 11:40 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Douglas_George
17 Dec 2007 - 12:47 PM

Wow what a wonderful capturethey look like they posed for the shot well done.

Dougie

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mohikan22
mohikan22  102286 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2007 - 12:52 PM

beautiful shot. Grin
the sunlight hitting the top of the wings makes the difference Grin
matt.

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Barbaraj
Barbaraj  7450 forum posts England
17 Dec 2007 - 2:45 PM

Well composed and side by side.

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fishy2
fishy2  7
17 Dec 2007 - 4:28 PM

stunning capture ...

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Grim1
Grim1  749 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Dec 2007 - 8:28 PM

Very interesting - thanks for posting. We have a half-white female chaffinch with a similar genetic variation, who visits our garden occasionally. She's fully integrated into a flock of 'regular' chaffinches.

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