Taken at West Byron Wetlands.
Black-shouldered Kites are medium to small raptors (birds of prey), and are mostly pale grey above, with a pure white head, body and tail and black shoulders. The wings are white underneath, with black wing tips and the wing span is 80 cm to 100 cm. Females are larger than males. The red eye is marked by a black comma that extends behind it. The nostrils are yellow and the legs and feet are also yellow. The Black-shouldered Kite has a direct flight with quick shallow wing beats interspersed with glides on upswept wings (like a seagull), and is often seen hovering, with feet dangling.
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS

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black shouldered kite, elanus axillaris, raptor, bird of prey, kites, predator, hunting, red eyed, northern rivers, west byron wetlands, flight, hovering

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work

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    20 June 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

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    aprilannalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image selected to be featured in the group “The Birds”.

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    Qnitaalmost 2 years ago

    Hello… This stunning photograph is not edited, therefore it can’t be submitted to the cat. 2 Challenge. Is should go to Cat. 1

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    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the 1 Theme – 4 Challenges group !!!
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