For 150 years, the magnificent sight of a red kite gliding through the skies of the north-east of Scotland had been consigned to history.
The mass poisoning of birds of prey in the Black Isle "brought shame on the Highlands" according to a local MSP.
A major police investigation into the mass poisoning of birds of prey in the Highlands has been dropped.
Here are the key events in the investigation:
In the 1970 the population of the aerial predator dropped to only 30 but a sustained conservation project has been a massive success.
The unsolved poisoning of 16 raptors in the Black Isle last year has been put back in the spotlight in a new short film.
A north estate has condemned the illegal killing of a red kite which was part of a breeding programme on their land.
A raptor could soon be released back into the wild - after a gamekeeper shot it out a tree to save its life.
A Highland MSP has called for a review of the police investigation into the mass killing of birds of prey in the Black Isles.
The deaths of 16 birds of prey on the Black Isle earlier this year may have been accidental poisoning.
A campaigner has criticised "ineffective and inadequate" investigations into the persecution of birds of prey following the deaths of 22 raptors in the Black Isle this year.
A volunteer with RSPB Scotland has created special artwork to commemorate the mass poisoning of birds of prey earlier this year.
Police have confirmed that the number of birds of prey confirmed as being killed by poison in the recent incident has risen by one.
The RSPB has dismissed claims that 22 birds of prey found dead in the Highlands were accidentally poisoned as "misguided and foolish".