Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday 12 - Black-Shouldered Kite

I have mentioned in my comments on other peoples post that I seem to find it hard to get shots of birds of prey.  That last time I visited Wilson Prom National Park I was able to start the slow process of putting that problem to bed.

As we were walking through a path of heathland a Black-Shouldered Kite popped up onto the upper branches of a tree.  A few minutes of slow movement brought it within range of my lens.  There have been times when I have mentioned the rain in a negative sort of way - but on this occasion the heavy great sky was a real bonus. In the flat bright light of a full sun light this bird would have been a real pain to photograph - with its white feather blowing out into over-expossed highlights.  But the grey scle sky was a perfect back drop.



So, for once I'm able to post a bird of prey.  Now its your turn to link to Wild Bird Wednesday.

36 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

he's beautiful! like you said, the gray skies were perfect.

Rajesh said...

Great shots of Black-Shouldered Kites

Andrea said...

This is a bird of prey I have never seen, except in pictures, so you are one up on me. I am pretty sure I would have to travel a distance to find one, but for now I am pleased to see that you have had the opportunity to capture this wonderful series. Great pictures, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

NatureFootstep said...

congrats to your bird of prey, and a beautiful one at that. And you are right, sometimes a grey day is good. :)

Ecobirder said...

Nice Pics.
Over here in North America we have the white-tailed kite which looks very similar. In fact at one time they were all one species called the black-shouldered kite. The black-shouldered kite was broken into 3 seperate species, the white-tailed in North and South America, the Black-winged in Europe and Africa and the black-shouldered in Australia.

Ecobirder said...

Nice Pics.
Over here in North America we have the white-tailed kite which looks very similar. In fact at one time they were all one species called the black-shouldered kite. The black-shouldered kite was broken into 3 seperate species, the white-tailed in North and South America, the Black-winged in Europe and Africa and the black-shouldered in Australia.

EG CameraGirl said...

Ah, someone who can be truly thankful for overcast skies. The kite photos turned out well!

Brian King said...

Congratulations! Really nice shots, Stewart! That's a handsome Kite!

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird to see Stewart... thanks for sharing.

Carletta said...

You definitely took great advantage of the gray sky and it paid off handsomely!
Lovely shots of the Kite Stewart!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

How awesome that you spotted this Black-Shouldered Kite. I've never heard of one, much less seen one. Amazing!! Hope I can participate in WBW with something other than my trio of hummers. :)

Debbie said...

what an exciting moment for you, he's gorgeous!!

Kristi Bowman said...

What a beauty!!

Findlay Wilde said...

It's quite an unusual looking bird of prey. From Findlay

Mama Zen said...

What a gorgeous bird! Great captures!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Yes, dull dreary skies can be a good thing when you think otherwise. Good going on the kite.

NewMexiKen said...

Splendid images. It closely resembles our White-tailed Kite.

mick said...

Great photo of a magnificent bird.

Carole M. said...

one of my favourites now and I love your in-flight photograph especially too Stewart; great catch!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

It's beautiful!!!! I especially like the 2nd photo you shared. It's as if it's posing for you to get the most perfect side.

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, the Kites are cool birds. Congrats on your sighting and the photos.

Adam Tilt said...

Stunning bird Stewart and you're right. That sky was perfect for such a bright bird.

Gary said...

Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful bird!

Hanne Bente said...

Congratulations on the great pictures you have taken.
I can connect to a loss to I also thought that it is difficult to photograph birds of prey, have a few good pictures of buzzard.
Hanne Bente

Becky said...

Excellant job Stewart. I too am learning about grey skies, over bright sunny days! In flight birds are always a challange too.
Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Kerri said...

A LOVELY bird! I am a BIg FAN of in flight shots and LOVE the one you've captured :)

Liz said...

Well done, Stewart. Great shots of the Black-shouldered Kite!! I captured one over some cane fields a few weeks ago but it was way out of reach of my 250mm zoom and the images needed to be cropped excessively.

Gillian Olson said...

Great shots Stewart, a beautiful bird.

Adam Jones said...

Those shots really are superb Stewart.

Pat Tillett said...

Those are really nice! I know what you mean about the sky washing out photos. Pure sunlight can be pretty brutal.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We saw these kites when we spent winters in Texas -- there are supposed to be some in the Everglades in Florida, but we haven't seen them yet. I love your pictures -- you definitely have some birds of prey now! And I do envy your wonderful flight shot.

(I'm birdless today -- hope to be back to the meme soon.)

Red Nomad OZ said...

HAha! I find it hard to get good pix of ANY bird - so I tend to shout it from the rooftops when I do!! But congrats on finally cracking the bird of prey thing!!

i stora drag said...

So very nice photos of this white kite! Yes, it's tricky to get good photos of white birds, but against a grey sky it's better.

And I have some photos of a red kite today! Among some others of course.
Have a nice weekend! /Pia

Hilke Breder said...

Beautiful bird and great shots, Stewart. Lucky the sky was dark to bring out the whiteness of the bird to great effect.

JDS said...

Nice shots. The white plumage against the gray sky not only makes the kite more visible, but also lends it a particularly wild look.