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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.<br />
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What a thrill to watch. <br />
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Here, I chose a slower shutter speed to capture the movement of the wing feathers in the wind. <br />
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35 cm body length<br />
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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

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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.

Similar species: Diurnal Birds Of Prey
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
Uploaded Feb 23, 2021. Captured Jun 3, 2016 15:36 in York Dr, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/16.0
  • 1/21s
  • ISO100
  • 250mm