Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Black-winged Kites

Spent a number of days searching for these small raptors. Though said to be a very common resident, the Black-winged Kites weren't that easy to find in our increasingly urbanised landscape.
They fascinate me with their piercing red eyes, which you can only see through a high powered lens or a pair of good binoculars.

These raptors are distinctive with long-wings; white, grey and black plumage; and owl like forward facing eyes. They are also known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands, which I have yet to witness.
Like all raptors they have very good eye sight making photographing them difficult. They will take flight the minute they feel you are too close for comfort.
I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to photograph them.

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