The skies of Fingal in Dublin are a busier place this week after the successful fledgling flights of three red kite chicks.
The chicks are a result of years of patient work and conservation in Dublin as part of the Golden Eagle Trusts efforts of reintroduction.
It’s a good news story as the three chicks are first to be bred and seen in Dublin’s skies in more than 100 years.
The birds are just the latest in a successful reintroduction program which have seen red kites reintroduced nationwide between 2007 and 2011.
The Fingal Red Kite release programme was part of the final year of the project and the final batch of 53 red kites was released in 2011 at various strategic locations in Fingal.
The red kite's diet consists mainly of small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews and rabbits. The animals became extinct in Ireland by the middle of the 19th century.
Many birds of prey are still victim to poisioning and shooting by farmers and the Golden Eagle Trust has devoted much time in educated land owner on the benefits of the birds.
For now the skies of dublin will be a little less safer for rats and mice. Something we can all be glad of.