Into the blue
With supreme aerial skill, a black-shouldered kite hovers with its wings held upright in a V-shape, scanning the ground below...before dropping down at speed and grabbing prey with its talons.
What a thrill to watch.
Here, I chose a slower shutter speed to capture the movement of the wing feathers in the wind.
35 cm body length
The Black-shouldered Kite or Australian Black-shouldered Kite is a small raptor found in open habitat throughout Australia and resembles similar species found in Africa, Eurasia and North America, which have in the past also been named as Black-shouldered Kites. Measuring 35–38 cm in length with a wingspan of 80–95 cm, the adult Black-shouldered Kite is a small and graceful, predominantly pale grey and white, raptor with black shoulders and red eyes.