Black-shouldered Kite.. Rat for Breakfast.

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

Black-shouldered Kites measure 35–38 cm (13.8–15 in) in length with a wingspan of 80–95 cm (31.5–37.4 in), the adult Black-shouldered Kite is a small and graceful, predominantly pale grey and white raptor, with black shoulders and red eyes. Their primary call is a clear whistle, uttered in flight and while hovering.

Black-shouldered Kites love mice and rats… and this one was enjoying his breakfast today… RAT…

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50 thoughts on “Black-shouldered Kite.. Rat for Breakfast.

  1. I wonder if watching Kites should be available on prescription. There’s something soothing about watching them soar, and articulate their tail feathers in flight. I saw one near Stonehenge yesterday, no photo though – I was doing 60mph.

  2. Great capture of a magnificent looking bird Rob. In recent years, the Red Kite has been reintroduced to the UK with great success. It’s surprising how well wildlife can recover and thrive given the opportunity.

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