The Red Kite's Year

Author:   Ian Carter ,  Dan Powell
Publisher:   Pelagic Publishing
ISBN:  

9781784272005


Pages:   176
Publication Date:   08 April 2019
Format:   Paperback
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The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) - one of our most elegant and impressive birds of prey - has a varied and dramatic history in Britain. Having been driven perilously close to extinction, it has now made a welcome comeback, in part through one of the most successful reintroduction projects ever undertaken. This beautifully illustrated book follows the birds through the ups and downs of the year, from the rigours of raising young during the warm summer months to the struggle for survival in the depths of winter. Interspersed with the monthly accounts, are chapters on the history of the Red Kite in Britain, the reintroduction programme, the threats it still faces, and its status elsewhere in Europe. Red Kite biology is explored from nest construction, egg laying and nest defence, through to juveniles leaving the nest and learning to live independently. The book concludes with an overview of Red Kite status throughout their range. With a foreword by Mark Avery.

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Author:   Ian Carter ,  Dan Powell
Publisher:   Pelagic Publishing
Imprint:   Pelagic Publishing
Weight:   0.440kg
ISBN:  

9781784272005


ISBN 10:   1784272000
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   08 April 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Mark Avery Acknowledgements Introduction The artworks January Winter food; Coping with severe weather February The first signs of spring; The pair bond and age of first breeding; Courtship behaviour and calling; Male or female? History in Britain Early history; A decline in fortunes; The road to recovery - Red Kite protection in Wales March Faithfulness to breeding sites; Nest building; Nest spacing and breeding density April Final touches to the nest; Eggs and incubation; Nest decoration; Defence of the nest The Red Kite reintroduction programme Early reintroduction attempts; Planning the restoration to England and Scotland; Collecting young and care in captivity; Release into the wild; Progress so far; Further release projects; The wider benefits of reintroduction; Bringing back the Red Kite - a project officer's perspective; The future May Care of small chicks; Studies of food in the breeding season; Foraging range and habitat use June The growing brood; Preparations for the first flight July Leaving the nest; Towards independence; Red Kite adoptions; Measuring breeding success Threats and problems Illegal persecution; Accidental poisoning; Egg collecting; Collisions and accidents; Powerlines August Fending for themselves; Plumage differences; The annual moult; A lull in activity September Wanderlust; The Red Kite as a migrant; and The use of new technology To feed or not to feed? Changes in legislation; Red Kite feeding stations; Feeding in gardens October The communal roost; Attendance patterns; The daily routine November The benefits of communal roosting; Social interactions and play at roosts December A wildlife spectacle; and The influence of weather on roosting behaviour World status Northern Europe; Northwest Europe; Central and eastern Europe; Southern Europe; The future Further reading Sources of further information Species mentioned in the text Index

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Immediately I picked up The Red Kite's Year I was smitten. Written around the yearly cycle of survival, mating and nest selection, habitat interaction, food, growth and dispersal, it also covers history, documented fieldwork and personal experiences. Ian Carter's text is wonderfully illustrated by Dan Powell, whose lively line escapes the pages and makes one want to rush to spot one of these impressive creatures. A book for the enthusiast, The Red Kite's Year is certainly recommended. -- Barry Larking * ECOS *


Author Information

Ian Carter worked as an ornithologist for Natural England and its predecessors for over 25 years before taking early retirement. He has a long history of involvement with raptor conservation, including the reintroduction of the Red Kite. Dan Powell is an award-winning wildlife artist and naturalist, whose drawings and paintings have been published in numerous books and journals.

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