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Leucistic Red Kite

By SteveMackay  
A shot of a Leucistic Red Kite, taken at the Gigrin Farm Red Kite feeding station in Wales.
There are 2 Leucistic red Kite's at Gigrin and luckily for me, this was the one without the huge wing tags.

Leucism "is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin".

The two Leucistic Red Kite's at Gigrin were really getting a hard time from the other Kite's, so I would surmise that Leucism is a major disadvantage for wild animals.
Their success must have a lot to do with the feeding station, where dinner is served every day of the year.
Thanks for looking and many thanks for the comments, votes and user award on my last pic, cheers!Smile

Tags: Birds Bird Fauna Gigrin farm Red kite Feeding station Leucistic Wildlife and nature

Voters: MrBMorris, carkaci, Greyheron and 35 more

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TheRa1 9 Ireland
15 Aug 2013 5:32PM
Nice shot Steve, some going with a lens that size and added to +1.4TC, pity no information about the camera etc.
carkaci 12 Turkey
15 Aug 2013 5:33PM
Great capture, nice timing.
Greyheron 20 282 7 England
15 Aug 2013 5:37PM
Don't you just hate those wing tags Wink Superb camerawork Steve - looks superb against that Blue sky...

teocali Plus
14 442 18 England
15 Aug 2013 5:41PM
A simply stunning in flight capture and composition, Steve. Terrific plumage and eye detail. Top class capture and great info.
Hazelmouse 16 379 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2013 5:41PM
Much less tatty than the one I photographed in June - that was really moth eaten.
15 Aug 2013 5:55PM
Great in flight capture!
lovely flight shot well timed well done. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Briwooly 17 454 6 England
15 Aug 2013 6:05PM
Wonderfully timed capture great work

richmowil Plus
14 505 3 England
15 Aug 2013 6:15PM
Cracking Image!! First Class!!
Maiwand 16 3 73 England
15 Aug 2013 6:25PM
Cracking good shot Steve.Superb panning and exposure.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Mike_Smith Plus
15 982 2 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2013 6:40PM
Cracking shot
15 Aug 2013 7:51PM
Lovely photo.
ali63 11 791 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2013 7:56PM
Terrific image,

Ingleman 15 9 4
15 Aug 2013 8:22PM
Great lighting and a super shot. Well done.
rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
15 Aug 2013 10:45PM
A beauty Steve, seen these on my previous visit to Gigrin ( never this close Sad) even from the tower hide. My award for today.
Potra 9 Venezuela
15 Aug 2013 11:33PM
Awesome shot Steve! Sharp, clean, lovely light.

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