This Black Shouldered Kite seemed to be looking into my soul. I had observed it for 15 to 20 mins as it hovered over freshly turned fields before it turned it’s attention to me. It was quite inquisitive and followed me along for a few 100 meters before it landed near me and focused right in on me. This image was captured in the early afternoon at the Western Treatment Plant, Point Wilson. Nikon D850, Tamron 150-600mm G2 @550mm, 1/1000 sec, f-6.3, ISO-110
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris). A very pretty small raptor with bright red eye, they feed mainly on small rodents. They glide low over open fields, hovering with feet extended before dropping down onto their prey. They form a monogamous pair bond and perform a food swapping display during courtship where the female will fly upside down and accept a food offering from her partner. Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640 @ f/8 ISO 110 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
Black-Shouldered Kite perched on a wire fence, such a beautiful bird. Archerfield Airport, Archerfield, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + 200.0-500.0 mm f/5.6 lens. 1/500 @ f/8 ISO 110 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
Photographer: Mick McKean
Black-Shouldered Kite chase. I was photographing one of them earlier, when it flew off into the distance. Ten minutes later it came back, with another in hot pursuit. The bird in front turned to face the chaser and had a minor mid-air disagreement. The chasing bird then left and returned to the distant stand of Eucalypts they had come from, and the front bird returned to a post looking for prey. Portrait shots of the hunter to come soon...
Archerfield Airport, Archerfield, Queensland, Australia.
NIKON D500 + 200.0-500.0 mm f/5.6 lens.
1/2500 @ f/8 ISO 320 @ 720 mm (effective FL)
Photographer: Tim Bergen
This Black-shouldered Kite landed on top of the small tree right by the side of the road allowing me to get a few decent shots. Bathurst, NSW.
D7100, f/6.3, 1/1600sec, ISO-400.
Photographer: Ben Green
After following this Black Shouldered Kite for a few minutes as it flew along the shore line. It finally landed and allowed me to take this shot, all the while keeping a very close eye on me.
Photographer: Ben Green
This Black Shouldered Kite just flew over at the most perfect time for me to capture this great shot.