Life in and around tropical Queensland wetlands
Monday, November 9, 2015
Whistling Kite makes catch of the day
Surprise catch of the day in Tyto late this morning with Whistling Kite (
) launching from above me ...
... going straight to centre of shin-deep main lagoon to strike and grab eel ...
... and heading off with writhing prey ...
... still spraying droplets of water as the kite turned back towards trees - with glimpse of lookout shelter in background.
It all seems so easy, but most Whistling and Black Kites do not exhibit any skill at taking live fish or eels, even after seeing others of their species make catches.
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Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
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