Young red kites have been adopted by schools
A gamekeeper took a young bird of prey under his wing after it crash landed in a shooting estate, it has emerged.
The red kite was one of 10 tagged by RSPB Scotland to be tracked by satellite for a project involving Highland schools.
Rob Colyer found the raptor in difficulty at Craigiehowe Mains in the Black Isle.
He called the Scottish SPCA and following a night's rest, the kite was re-released into the wild.
The bird has been adopted by Farr Primary for the RSPB's Eyes to the Skies project, which tracks the movement of young kites via a website.
Mr Colyer said the rescued youngster had looked sorry for itself.
He said: "I'm delighted to have been able to help and even more pleased to hear that it has been able to take to the air once more.
"I look forward to seeing it again over the estate in happier circumstances."
Red kite project officer Claire Buchanan said: "We are very grateful to Rob for reporting the downed kite and the SSPCA for looking after him overnight.
"He has been checked over and successfully released and should be none the worse for his experience."