Black Shouldered Kite by Macky

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Stellenbosch – just outside Cape Town South Africa

Black-shouldered Kite {Elanus axillaris}

A common, grey and white raptor with a black shoulder. The upperparts are bluish grey, with black wing coverts which appear as a distinctive, black shoulder patch. The underparts are white. There is a small black mask around the eye.

Young birds have a reddish-brown wash on the head and breast and the feathers of the upperparts are tipped white. The bill is short with a sharp, hooked tip to the upper mandible.

The bill is black, while the feet and legs, and the cere (skin at the base of the bill) are bright yellow. The eye is dark red in adult black-shouldered kites and brownish-orange in immature birds.


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My interest in the field of photography began in childhood, starting with film, then a ‘splatter’ of videography and finally the migration to DSLR photography.

I hope you enjoy viewing my interpretation of the Natural World through my lens.

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  • jack01
    jack01almost 7 years ago

    what a beautiful bird

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 7 years ago

    What a proud profile.
    Super shot.

  • Cheryl Hall
    Cheryl Hallalmost 7 years ago

    just look at that eye! nice clear shot……

  • Cheri  McEachin
    Cheri McEachinalmost 7 years ago

    Stunning shot—wow

  • PhotoDream Art
    PhotoDream Artalmost 7 years ago

    Excellent clarity of detail..and that eye !!!:))

  • Che01
    Che01almost 7 years ago

    Incredible image. What an intense stare!

  • Benjamin Young
    Benjamin Youngalmost 7 years ago

    This is sooooo nice. Great job.

  • bonniemonahan1
    bonniemonahan1almost 7 years ago

    Hi Macky,
    This is an exceptional photo from top to bottom & side to side. Composition, fine details, brightness & contrast, etc. are more than terrific.
    Take care, Bonnie

  • solarrain
    solarrainalmost 7 years ago

    great shot and detail…………

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carteralmost 7 years ago

    Gorgeous – and so sharp :)

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