Red kite Damien soars on wing again
AN AILING red kite found on the roadside has been successfully released back into the wild, writes Deborah Coleman.
It was found on a secondary road near the Beehive pub in Co Wicklow.
Vet Gillian Hicks and her team at Clover Hill Veterinary in nearby Glenealy assessed the bird, which showed no signs of physical injury, and concluded that it could have suffered some sort of shock.
Dubbed 'Damien' due to his Red Kite Project '666' tag number, the bird was one of the batch released in Wicklow in 2010, having come to Ireland from Wales.
Once the project volunteers were satisfied that Damien was back to full health he was released back into his natural habitat near Redcross.
This year saw Irish-bred kites breed for the first time -- a great milestone for The Red Kite Project, which is run through the Golden Eagle Trust.