The Last Supper, of the Day by bazcelt

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A Black Shouldered Kite, Riverina Region, NSW, Australia. At sunset, hence colouration, flew into the tree with its catch and proceeded to consume it as the sun went down. Nikon D300, 70-300. F10, 1/60, ISO 500. Was a ‘snapshot’, no time to check settings, although I ran off a lot of them before I worked out, too late, that the camera settings were far from perfect.

Identified as: Black-shouldered kite
Scientific name: Elanus axillaris
Family: Accipitridae
Order: Falconiformes

Thanks heaps to Di Davis for assistance in identifying this, and to CezB as well in also suggesting this identification.

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An amateur, but a long love of photography. A recent move to digital has seen the love ‘blossom’, and a greater enjoyment in the field. I will try most forms of photography, and gain both knowledge and fun out of the experimentation. Using a Nikon D300 and D7000, with a range of lenses, and filters. I hope you enjoy the views as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them.

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  • Jeannie Chiara
    Jeannie Chiaraabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful – love the colors!

  • thanks heaps. yes, the sunset gave a great effect on this one!

    – bazcelt

  • michellerena
    michellerenaabout 4 years ago

    Great capture, the lighting is wonderful

  • thanks Michelle – thanks to the sunset – lol!

    – bazcelt

  • Esther  Moliné
    Esther Molinéabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture and great colors!

  • thanks Esther. Was one of those lucky situations.

    – bazcelt

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkabout 4 years ago

    Terrific capture!

  • thanks Lori – only an average sunset, but the sight of the bird made up for it big time.

    – bazcelt

  • Suellen Cook
    Suellen Cookabout 4 years ago

    Looks mighty good to me, you must be quick! awesome bird

  • Thanks heaps Suellen. I liked it, but doesn’t seem to be getting much reaction – even a rejection or two, but still! This was one of the two best outcomes I got with it. Still no idea which ofthe Kite’s it is though!

    – bazcelt

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful light capture here…what a gorgeous capture.

  • Thanks again Lyn, both comments and fave! Much appreciated.

    – bazcelt

  • Digidi
    Digidiabout 4 years ago

    hi , this could be a nankeen kestral, its hard to tell but by the size of the bird it just could be. google kestrals and see if it looks like the bird you have captured in your image

  • Thanks for the input Di – much appreciated. I looked at that Kestral, but it doesn’t seem to quite fit – especially the eye markings look more like one of the kites???? Another view Link

    – bazcelt

  • Thanks again Di – I’ve now put it up as identified, and submitted it to the Birds of Prey group. Must appreciated!

    – bazcelt

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Moorealmost 4 years ago


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