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23 March 2008 @ 11:17 pm
This morning, I was out in the hills looking for some birds and I came across two White-tailed Kites in the early stages of their courtship ritual. The male (I think), first flew around in large circles beating its wings rapidly -- this is apparently called "butterfly-flapping" and then the female (I think) made an appearance in the other kite's airspace. They seemed to be chasing each other around but our attention was now on the turkeys below so we missed out some part of the ritual, but I'm glad I got focus on of kites just when one of the birds came out of the grasslands with a vole(?) and started moving around. The female(?) then rapidly flew towards the male and in mid-air the female took the vole from the male... an awesome sight. And captured on film flash memory.

The female (below) takes the vole from the male

After picking up the vole, the female goes off to the trees with the male Kite behind...

Interesting information: This Kite was called the American Black-Shouldered Kite before they changed the name to "White-tailed Kite." In India we have a kite which looks very very similar and was originally called "Black-winged Kite" and they now changed the common name of the Indian species to "Black-shouldered Kite" -- common names? :)

kejnkejn on March 24th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
aw, they're beautiful!
velvetinkvelvetink on March 24th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
wow they are pretty kites, not like the ones here (more brownish), good catch!
Yathinyathin on March 24th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
You get a near exact replica of this kite in Australia as well:

ZuZusuzan_s on March 24th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Nice shot......beautiful!