Purfylle: Black Shouldered Kite

Recent Posts

Black Shouldered Kite

Black Shouldered Kite

Australian Black Shouldered Kite 

We went shooting last week and I managed to get my first shots of this lovely raptor. I could wish for sharper results but considering I was using the 55mm-250mm zoom lens, and he was maybe 50 meters away up a tall tree, I'm pretty happy with how they've turned out.

This small raptor at 35–38 cm (14–15 in) it is quite a stunner with ruby-red eyeballs.

Black Shouldered Kite blinking with his nictitating membrane

The greyness of the eyes in the above shot is from the nictitating membrane, a third eyelid (there's the top and bottom eyelids and this one is from the side) which is a bit transparent so they can still see when they need to blink.

Black Shouldered Kite rotating it's head

The Black Shouldered Kite can turn his head around quite a way without moving it's body, in the above shot we see the back of the head edge of the left eye can just be seen. 

Black Shouldered Kite taking a good look at the photographers

I'll be keeping an eye out for for an opportunity to capture a hunting shot in the future as their hovering ability is pretty amazing.

Black Shouldered Kite perched in a tree

Australian Black Shouldered Kite

18 comments:

  1. Aren't they glorious birds? Just so beautiful and majestic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are just incredible to watch.

      Delete
  2. Beautiful bird, I love that stare in it's eye

    Thank you for linking up

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a rather penetrating stare.

      Delete
  3. So beautiful, there eyes are so captivating, Clio lending a helping hand for Coombe Mill

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll be trying for a better eye-shot next time, the ruby red is just fabulous.

      Delete
  4. What a totally beautiful bird - he looks so proud sitting up there.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He certainly doesn't seem to be worried about being exposed. All the other birds are hiding in foliage.

      Delete
  5. Stella, I love your bird photography, well, all of your photography, really!
    You captured his personality and beauty, yet fierceness!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He does have a fierceness to him doesn't he?

      Delete
  6. He looks so proud and lovely stance! You have an awesome lens and the photos are good! I saw some seagulls of different kind this morning and I only have nifty fifty so I need to go near but they fly away when I do. I wish I have a a lens like yours =) #MySundayPhoto

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My very first bird shot ever was with a nifty fifty, a magpie on the ground quite close to me. I wish my zoom took shots equally as beautiful, but most birds won't come that close. I use the 55mm-250mm cannon for most of my bird shots. It falls shorter then I would like but it's also light and lets me reach treetops that are close by.

      Delete
  7. Beautiful bird. I really need to get a lens to help in my photos. Yours are really great images.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Finding the right lens really does make a difference.

      Delete
  8. What a wonderful creature! I love these shots.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are just stunning, I wish I could get closer.

      Delete