According to a local journalist, a dead red kite was found on a railway line in Inverness-shire in early July.
It was collected and sent for a post-mortem, which revealed it had been shot in the head.
We don’t know whether the kite was shot at another location and then dumped on a railway line to disguise its cause of death as an accidental collision with a train, or whether it was actually shot on or close to the railway line. Either way, it was illegally killed.
Needless to say, more than three months later and it would appear that Police Scotland haven’t issued any press statement or appealed for information.
Photo of a red kite by Javi Montes