A Hunter’s Gaze

While looking for Tawny Frogmouths at Braeside Park recently, I spotted a Black Shouldered Kite at the top of a dead tree in one of the dried out lagoons. The Kite of course saw me immediately moving from the scrub out into the waist high grass and thistles towards the tree. I did not make eye contact as I moved slowly and just stopped a few times to take a few photos. In the end I was quite surprised at how close close I managed to get. I had to back up a bit so I could use my 400mm Lens. Every now and again he would look at me and then go back to gazing down, around and up. He never did spook and after I took my shots I turned around and went back through the thorns and thistles to the lakeside path. The Kite is a stunning bird and a very successful hunter of mice and other smaller birds and animals. Another of my top 10 birds.

Black Shouldered Kite

Black Shouldered Kite keeping an eye on me

Black Shouldered Kite

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Black Shouldered Kite

One of the smaller Raptors in Australia. It still has the large talons, sharp eyes and the hooked beak

Black Shouldered Kite

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Black Shouldered Kite

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Black Shouldered Kite

Black Shouldered Kite – his glance up told me that something was flying above me…

When I turned around and looked up I saw a half dozen large Australian Pelicans flying in a wingtip formation.

Pelicans

Australian Pelicans

3 responses to “A Hunter’s Gaze

  1. Fantastic!

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  2. Thanks Helen, it was an enjoyable moment

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  3. Pingback: A deadly hunt | The Gap Year and Beyond

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