Saturday, November 6, 2010

Black-eared Kite

Try catching up with photos I took recently once again. Here's a set of photos of a tameBlack-eared Kite (Milvus lineatus) at Kitsuki. The bird came perching on a big tree while I was enjoying my bento lunch box. It was first mobbed by a pair of Large-billed Crow, but the crows flew away as I tried to approach the kite. I was surprised at how close I could get to the bird. It seemed to be enjoying preening and strong sunlight. Shame about the messy background though. The bird was once, and still, regarded as a subspecies of Black Kite (Milvus migrans), but some ornithologists prefer to separate it into a different species. It is differ from most subspecies of M.migrans by its grey (not yellow) cere and feet. It is the most abundant raptor in Japan.

7 comments:

Ari said...

Excellent shots, love the natural lighting!

Russell said...

Yes, love the lighting too and certainly worth clicking on to see them so large, clear and crisp. They are common in Japan but I still enjoy watching them. They are bulkier than the ones in Australia.

Phil said...

Like you say A, a shame about the background but actually when you click for the full frame the focus is spot on and the bird stands out against the vegetation behind.

Unravel said...

Thanks a lot everyone for your kind comments!

Mark Young said...

Lovely images. Having an eagle near you at lunch time is a lot better than a flock of pigeons! ;)

Dingtech said...

หวัดดีครับคุณต้น...
ตามมาชมประสาคนชอบเหยี่ยว สวยงามมากจริงๆครับ
ดูท่าทางเขารีแล็กซ์ ไซ้ขน ผึ่งแดด อยู่ใกล้ๆกับนักปักษิณวิทยา
คงเซ้นส์แน่ๆว่ารังสีแห่งรักและเมตตามาจากคุณต้น ^_____^

Chris said...

Wow this is simply a awesome sequence of pictures! What a chance to get such a bird! Fantastic work, well done!