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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

    comments (3)

  1. Well done, this makes such a lovely image. Posted 6 days ago
    1. Thanks Christine. I'd hoped to portray the grace and elegance of the moment here. Seriously impressive aerial skills. Humans were off to the right, paragliding off the cliffs and I couldn't help compare the two. Posted 5 days ago
      1. You definitely did it justice. A very elegant capture. Posted 5 days ago

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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

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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