Monday, November 9, 2015

Whistling Kite makes catch of the day

Surprise catch of the day in Tyto late this morning with Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 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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Last straw too much for Double-barred Finch

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