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Byron Bay, Australia

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One of those wonderful shots where all I could do was swing the camera up towards the raptor coming at me and hope for the best. The raptor has been confirmed as a juvenile Brahminy Kite.
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.
The adult Brahminy Kite is unmistakable, though juveniles may be confused with the Whistling Kite (longer tail and distinctive underwing pattern) or light Little Eagle. First-year juveniles may also be mistaken for Ospreys, but are dark underneath rather than white.
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS

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