Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

February 23, 2009

Black-shouldered Kite 090223

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 3:13 am

This morning at Ash Island I found a Black-shouldered Kite just sitting on a tree by the road. They are an extremely beautiful bird so I decided to dedicate a whole post to them. They deserve it.

Photo number 1 is shown where you can see the identifying feature of the mark behind the eye which looks like a mask.

Black-shouldered Kite

When he was up on the tree, he adjusted his perch and had a good stretch of the leg and the wing. Maybe he was doing his aerobics or something like that. Raptor-robics.

Black-shouldered Kite

The scientific name for the Black-shouldered Kite is Elanus axillaris. Here is the bird stretching his wings whilst on the perch.

Black-shouldered Kite

Don’t they have big eyes=? All the better to see you with.

Black-shouldered Kite

After a while, he took off. Here he goes. Goodbye sweet prince.

Black-shouldered Kite

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