A rare feathered hen harrier whose travels around Ireland were tracked and followed via a website has been shot dead .
The bird was found in Kerry last month. The female hen harrier, named Heather had been tagged with the satellite-tracking device shortly after she hatched in 2013 in east Kerry. She quickly became a star, as her travels were followed by thousands of people on an online blog.
She was killed with a shotgun in the Waterville area. The cause of death was only established this week.
The rare bird of prey was fitted with a satellite tagged as part of a joint project involving the NPWS and IRD Dunhallow, a rural development group in Cork which set up the site: henharrierireland.blogspot.ie to track the bird’s movements. The site has received over 250,000 hits since its launch.