Black-shouldered Kite

Finally got a hovering kite shot, albeit rather cropped and lacking light in the eyes. These are things I intend to improve on.

In the meantime, here's a hovering Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) at North Pine Dam, off Gold Scrub Lane.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 11th August 2009, This photo: 9:45am


  • James Lagden said:
    Well Done Dave.
    I was considering a trip to NPD myself this weekend to look for the exact same bird!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well they're definitely there ;-) Saw a Whistling Kite on the way home (hovering over the turnoff to Wynn Rd), but I was doing 100kph at the time and there was nowhere easy to pull over.
  • robertahynes said:
    Wonderful capture of a bird in flight!
  • accesser said:
    Ah nice good spotting, its a great spot Gold Scrub, I find new things each time I go.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Would have liked to have been closer, but maybe next time.
    Yep, nice and close and all sorts of things to see.
  • SkattyKat said:
    like to have been closer ??? lol must be time for the bigger lens Dave ;-)
    Top shop I think it looks gorgeous
    (Hope you are feeling better)
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I'd not complain if someone gave me an 800/5.6L ;-)
    Feeling a little better today, not quite as runny.
  • Jack High said:
    Lovely isolation against that blue sky. It shows off the bird's form very well.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jack.
  • Ursula Skjonnemand said:
    (That's all I have to say)... Wow!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Hopefully I'll be able to get a better one next time.