The Brahminy Kite is one of the medium-sized raptors (birds of prey), with a white head and breast. The rest of its body is a striking chestnut brown. The very tip of its tail is white. The wings are broad, with dark ‘fingered’ wing tips and the tail is short. The legs are short and not feathered, the eye is dark and the lemon yellow coloured bill is strongly hooked. It sails on level wings along shorelines and mudflats.
Brahminy Kites have weak feet so, although they have long, sharp curved claws, they cannot take large prey. However they are expert at snatching prey in flight.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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Comments

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Interesting to read your notes on this beauty- great capture- so elegant- well done BB.

  • Many thanks, it’s a nice ‘pose’ isn’t it!

    – byronbackyard

  • Gary  Davey (Jordy)
    Gary Davey (J...about 4 years ago

    Hey BB, stunning capture and wonderfull composition. The light on the back edge of the wings and tail is amazing. Another winner, well done :)

  • Many thanks for your kind comment, they’re hard raptors to capture but this one hangs around the fishing co-op and circles quite low. I liked the ‘pose’ in this shot!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Wow amazing capture, the light on the wings is stunning.

  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Phil Campus
    Phil Campusabout 4 years ago

    Awesome shot!!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • Thanks Marvin!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 4 years ago

    Wonderfully capture!

  • Many thanks Kimberly!

    – byronbackyard

  • greenfrog153
    greenfrog153about 4 years ago

    Fantastic image!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    Exceptional image – that lighting is amazing. Love everything about this one.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

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