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Black-shouldered Kite

Black-shouldered Kite (Image ID 39565)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Tue 25th Feb, 2020 and uploaded on Thu 12th Mar, 2020 .
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ID39565
CommentThe Black-shouldered Kite is a medium-sized, common kite reported from most of Australia. Having benefited from man’s agricultural practices, and preferring open habitats, this kite is often seen hovering over freshly worked-over fields. When hunting, wings fluttering, it will abruptly ease into a glide with upswept wings, if no prey is spotted below. Equally, it likes to sit patiently on an exposed perch, looking for prey on the ground. When a small animal is spotted, it will swoop down and try to grab it with the sturdy talons. Feeding mostly on rodents, it also takes small reptiles and grasshoppers, which may be eaten in flight or taken to a favourite branch to be broken up in case of a bigger morsel. Aerial courtship can be spectacular, and once paired off nesting material is collected by both sexes, but only the larger female is the builder. The sexes are similar, but juveniles have a rufous wash on the breast and neck. Woodman Point GPS. Status (2008): Least Concern
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens + MC-14 Teleconverter; Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2.
Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/1600 sec, f5.6 & ISO-250. Metering Mode: ‘CenterWeightedAverage’
Olympus Workspace for metadata; FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharp AI & Studio 2 for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationWoodman Point; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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