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Red-legged partridge

Red-legged partridge
On the wild.
Scanned from a 1974 Kodachrome II dia.
This partridge breeds naturally in southwestern Europe (France, Iberia and northwest Italy). It has become "naturalised" in flat areas of England and Wales, where it was introduced as a game species, and has been seen breeding as far north as Aberdeenshire. It is replaced in southeastern Europe and Africa by the very similar rock partridge (Alectoris graeca). It is a non-migratory terrestrial species, which forms flocks outside the breeding season.
For New Zealand: A consignment of 1500 eggs was sent from the United Kingdom in July 1980. However the boxes were delayed by two days and had evidently over-heated en route. There was further delay getting the eggs through customs and quarantine clearance. By the time they reached Massey University (which had been invested in to take on the project) hopes were not high and only 135 chicks were hatched. Two further consignments totaling 638 eggs were sent mid 1981. From these only 53 chicks hatched. The plan was to rear these birds and put them through six breeding cycles in two years using controlled lighting and thus establish a substantial breeding nucleus. The programme at Massey was soon terminated and all the birds dispersed to other breeders, primarily the game farm at Te Ahoha which had already produced some young, but some were also given to the Wildlife Service

RHH, Frans Schols, Annemarie, Malik Raoulda and 11 other people have particularly liked this photo

11 comments - The latest ones
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful bird, well captured José.
16 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Very nice meeting, Jose !!! Happy week-end !!!
16 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent shot! Stay well!

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16 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Plutôt dodue cette race, les nôtres sont beaucoup plus fines d'aspect !******************
Bon WE José.
16 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Very well presented, José ! An interesting encounter !
16 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent capture JG.
Stay safe and thankyou for posting to FFF.
16 months ago.
 Gilbert H
Gilbert H club
Bel oiseau !
16 months ago.
Xata club
E eu tenho visto muitos perdigotos... menos mortes dado a menos circulação de carros... ainda hoje vi 8 seguindo os pais, tão giros, isto enche a alma.
16 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
16 months ago.
RHH club
Beautiful bird.
16 months ago.
RHH club
16 months ago.

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