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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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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 3 years ago

    Wow this is a terriffic shot of this brilliant Bird, I reckon it’s a favorite

  • Many thanks Malcolm for your lovely comment, such beautiful and proud raptors!

    – byronbackyard

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoabout 3 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful.

  • She is isn’t she, many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 3 years ago

    Superb image

  • Many thanks Jesika!

    – byronbackyard

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMabout 3 years ago

    Great shot.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleabout 3 years ago

    These are beautiful birds Deb. Great shot with the wings outstretched.

  • Many thanks Alwyn!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyabout 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Robert, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    1 Image per day 2011/10/13

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 3 years ago

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