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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Black-shouldered Kite

Merry Christmas everyone!! Have a wonderful day!!
 
Found throughout SA and often seen perching on telephone lines.

Are great hoverers and will then swoop down to catch prey.
Eat mostly rodents but also small birds and reptiles.

Mainly solitary but sometimes seen as a pair.

Nestling cared for only by female for up to 3 months.
Info: Robert’s Birds of Southern Africa

3 comments:

Dave said...

A stunning species, love the eyes.

Happy Christmas
Dave

Jo said...

Merry Christmas, Joan! What beautiful images. I posted a Black-shouldered Kite last Wednesday. Don't they make a good photo op? Have a wonderful year. Greetings, Jo (Tanzania)

Gaelyn said...

Such a striking bird.