raptors

brahminy kite

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brahminy kiteBrahminy Kites are another common bird on Magnetic Island. They are medium sized raptors that live on the coast swooping over the water and land to feed on fish, insects and dead animals. Like all raptors they look very majestic when airborne. They tend to be locally nomadic and this was one of a number that were occupying the ferry terminal and mariner on the island. Instead of trees they utilised the tall light poles as perches.

black-shouldered kite

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P1120791The Black-shouldered Kites are one of only two varieties of hovering kites here in Australia but they are quite a common bird. They move fast and it is more usual to see them in hovering mode rather than flight, so I was pleased to also be able to capture this one with its wings out as it flew over a nearby she-oak. P1120789

black-shouldered kite

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Though taken at a great distance and not a great capture I am including this photo of a Black-Shouldered Kite at Look At Me Now Headland, Emerald Beach as it is the first time I have seen it since last year when I posted shots here. While I try to post good pics the blog was set up to function as an archive of birds/animals I have sighted and provide  me a way of tracking and monitoring their movements. Now I have lived in this house for a year I am beginning to see the patterns of local birds and it is great to see the return of this lovely small hawk.

square-tailed kite?

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Could be a Square-tailed Kite –  a long way up circling for dinner – and could be this guy captured on other days.