black-shouldered kites

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

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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.