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The Whistling Kite is a medium-sized raptor (bird of prey) with a shaggy appearance. It has a light brown head and underparts, with pale streaks, and dark sandy-brown wings with paler undersides
They soar above the ground, trees and water to search for prey such as carrion (dead animals) and small live animals such as mammals, birds, fish and insects. They are often seen near water or around farms, soaring in a lazy circling flight pattern.
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  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

    That’s beautiful, Deb :-)

  • Thanks Trish, I feel like I’ve lost my touch at the moment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 3 years ago

    Nice shot Deb. These look like a pair of young birds.

  • Many thanks Alwyn, you could be right, particularly the one in the foreground looks like a ‘teenager’.

    – byronbackyard

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Lovely work BB!

  • Thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • Digidi
    Digidiover 3 years ago

    great image of the whistling kites.

  • Many thanks Di, there’s a few pairs in this area and they rule the wetlands!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lyrebird
    Lyrebirdover 3 years ago

    i find it funny when they lift their head like that and the beady eyes still seem to be watching, its a lovely shot.

  • Many thanks, I love it when they look up like that, lots of raptors do it!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Outstanding shot!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Many thanks Kathy!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

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  • Many thanks Kathy, love to be in the group!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    March 6, 2011

  • Wow, thanks so much Teresa, I like this one myself … very very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

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