Thursday, October 22, 2009

Slight kite skite, all right?

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) has taken to morning stints in small dead tree on Tyto's northern boundary. Not too worried by me, till within 20-25 metres. But haven't had any luck with prey capture, or even in-flight close-ups. May be bit greedy seeking more than this bird's beauty. . .

Less often ready to sit and pose, Black Kite (Milvus migrans) remained still for a few seconds early in week, before taking off to join mate.

This Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) has lately added Tyto to its rounds. Bit odd, since the species usually doesn't hang about for long till fish begin dying, which isn't happening at present.

And to complete the Tyto kite set, Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) surveys the wetlands scene from a Leichhardt tree.


Duncan said...

quite OK to have a skite
all nice shots against the light
your cropping's also nice and tight
I really think you've done alright
it's time for bed I'll say goodnight....

Tyto Tony said...


Gouldiae said...

Oh Dear,
I was going to leave a sensible comment until I read the first two!
Oh, alright - looks like they're all great posers. Great set of shots Tony.

Elizabeth said...

I am in awe of your kite picture. There is a group of kites that I've been trying to photograph for six months and I know how hard it is to get close to them.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Gouldiae: Pose a problem if we were all sensible too often. However, not much danger at this end.

Hi Elizabeth: I'd like to be able to share some secret skill - but dumb luck, though sometimes my portion, isn't portionable.

Unknown said...

great set of raptors, tony.
don't know about the raptor rap, though.


Tyto Tony said...

Thanks Steve. Think the 'rapper' might, like me, relate more to the Eagle Rock and even more to larks, ascending and otherwise.

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