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Black-shouldered Kite

Black-shouldered Kite (Image ID 47196)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Tue 13th Jul, 2021 and uploaded on Tue 20th Jul, 2021 .
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ID47196
CommentIt seemed to be my day for seeing Black-shouldered Kites everywhere at Werribee TP. This one was sighted hovering over grassland next to Paradise Road. I did not have my camera ready in time for an image of it hovering but, fortunately, I was able to catch it flying in my direction, beautiful rufous-streaked breast, brown eyes, and distinctive black shoulders all caught in the sun. The rusty colours and brown eyes suggest a juvenile. The beauty and nature of a Black-shouldered Kite has been perfectly portrayed by Judith Wright: “Carved out of strength, the furious kite/shoulders off the wind’s hate./The black mark that bars his white/is the pride and hunger of Cain./Perfect, precise, the angry calm/of his closed body, that snow-storm-/of his still eye that threatens harm,/Hunger and force his beauty made/and turned a bird to a knife-blade” (“Black-shouldered Kite”, “Birds: Poems by Judith Wright, National Library, 2010).
EquipmentNikon Z7ii, Nikon 500mm PF f5.6
ISO 800
1/5000th f8
LocationParadise Road, Werribee Treatment Plant, Victoria
Keywordsjuvenile, in flight
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