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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

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  • LisaMM
    LisaMMabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot. Beautiful and so clear.

  • Many thanks Lisa, the raptors are always my all time favs!

    – byronbackyard

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...about 3 years ago

    October 2, 2011
    Wildlife in Profile Collection

  • Many thanks Darlene, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Angie66
    Angie66about 3 years ago

    WOW stunning shot

  • Many thanks Angie, I love the raptors, they’re my favs by far!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 3 years ago

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 3 years ago

    October 19,2011

    Wonderful!

  • Many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 3 years ago

    Your welcome. :)

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