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Leucistic Red Kite I

By Louise_Morris    
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,


Tags: General Gigrin Wildlife and nature Leucistic Red Kite

Voters: tomcat, Norfolkboy, andylea and 25 more

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Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
7 Apr 2011 6:47PM
Good flight shot.

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2011 6:50PM
brilliant detail wonderful colours a cracking in flight capture nice one Wink
Alvar 11 23 2 France
7 Apr 2011 7:17PM
Great in flight shot Louise.
VidB 9 11 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2011 7:34PM
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
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
7 Apr 2011 7:38PM
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.
7 Apr 2011 7:41PM
Wonderful flight shot Lou, a cracking image.

moiral 8 12 Scotland
7 Apr 2011 9:16PM
Another wonderful in flight shot Louise. What settings do you use to get these? Moira
7 Apr 2011 9:26PM
Excellent capture Louise,
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
8 Apr 2011 6:06AM
A stunning image, Louise. Carol
acousticmist 7 10 1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2011 9:21AM
Well captured Louise.................Martin
wolf1 8 9 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2011 5:16PM
Another great capture Louise, great explanation also.
Ray42 10 3 England
8 Apr 2011 6:19PM
A very good detailed shot and interesting write up - I am yet wiserWinkWink
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
8 Apr 2011 10:24PM
Great in flight shot Louise and a very informative write up,
Peagreen 7 1 1 England
8 Apr 2011 10:24PM
A fantastic and very detailed inflight shot, Louise. Thanks for the very interesting and informative write up. Smile
Take care, enjoy your weekend,
JohnoP 12 2
10 Apr 2011 5:01PM
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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