Whistling Kite

To be found all over Australia, but more common in northern areas.  Often seen feeding on roadkill, it is dedicated carrion eater, but occasionally takes its own prey.  Most of its potential prey species seem indifferent to its presence, indicating little predation on live prey, however.  Flight is casual and buoyant, making good use of its wide wings and large tail.  At times its distinctive chatter alerts the observer to the presence of this bird overhead.

Photographer: Rene Martens

Photographer: Rene Martens

Website: www.rensmartphotography.com

This is only one of many Kites that I saw at Winton Wetlands. I was out grabbing a 360 video and disturbed what I thought was about 3 kites that were on the ground in the middle of the now dry wetlands. I then saw approx. 15 of them so was very surprised They were quite some distance off but this one just had to come and see what I was doing (well that is what I thought it was doing)

 

Photographer: Don Caswell

Photographer: Don Caswell

This kite was banking in descent to pick-over a Plumed Whistling Duck carcass, killed earlier by a Swamp Harrier, on the shore of Lake Tinaroo, Yungaburra, QLD.

Nikon D90, Sigma 150-500mm at 500mm, f/7.1, 1/640 sec, ISO-400

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