whistling kite

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aa
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whistling kite

my catch from wellard wetlands this morning :)

stevehapp
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great light on the wings.
they almost look metallic..
top shot.

DenisWilson
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Hi AA
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Fantastic shot.
I believe it is a Little Eagle, not a Whistler.
Have a look at my post of Little Eagle circling above my house.
http://peonyden.blogspot.com/2008/07/little-eagle-circling-on-breeze.html
This other post has an image of a Whistling Kite. It shows the bent wings (a more prominent joint, anyway), and the much longer tail than your bird shows.
http://peonyden.blogspot.com/2008/01/birds-of-prey-how-to-tell-them-apart.html
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Your photo is sufficiently good that you can blow it up to 200% and see that there is no evidence of long bare legs.
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Little Eagles (true Eagles) have feathers all the way down to their talons. So, I believe that's what yours is.
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Once again - great photo - much better than anything I have ever taken.
Cheers
Denis

ed
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Hi aa and Denis
I'm not sure, but I think I tend towards WK.
Not often I feel I can show aa a BIF but this taken today on the Townsville Towncommon is a Whistling Kite and although I say so myself, not a bad shot.
[img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3529/3979340953_a3f10816ce.jpg
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Ed Townsville NQ

ed
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That's strange, I'll try again

Ed Townsville NQ

aa
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thanks guys :)

if this is a little eagle, it would have been my first again :)

Birdgirl2009
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Wow aa I've been trying to get a shot like that for months.

Birdgirl2009
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ps I went to Bunnings today without my camera and a black-shouldered kite came and hovered about 3m above the ground about 10m from the car (he was saying ha ha you don't have your camera!)

aa
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hehehe thanks birdgirl, i think i won't have my camera either when going to bunnings

al
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Hi aa,
I think your bird is a WK and not a LE.
When soaring, BOP quite often keep their talons very close
to their bodies.
In your photo I would say that the belly feathers of the bird
are concealing the long bare legs of the WK.
Denis, if it was a LE, would'nt the tail be barred ( as I can see in your photo ) and the leading edge of the underwing dark as opposed to a pale leading edge of a WK?
Cheers,
al

DenisWilson
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Hi AA
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Your comments are probably right. Certainly re the barred tail, which I have never noted as diagnostic before.
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To be honest, I mostly go on shape and outline, and angle of wings and tail (both tend to be drooping in WK). But with the angle of your bird - approaching you, and seemingly coming down fast, those factors are subject to "adjustment" by the bird.
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I remain unconvinced (ever so slightly) re the legs, but I am happy if you are happy.
It is still an excellent photograph.
Cheers
Denis

bushanwater
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Great shot aa, thanls for posting. I suppose I had better just keep trying for something like this myself.

See Yez
Trev

aa
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thanks dennis and al for the id, i'll attach another image from the same series of shots i took

thanks also bushanwater :)

Birdgirl2009
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aa I have been back to Bunnings twice with my camera and do you think the black-shouldered kite was there? Of course not!

aa
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hehehe try not to bring your cam, for sure it will be there hehehe

Amateur

Great shot, have to say it's a whistling kite though. Is the camera you're using a digital SLR? I'm still stuck with a digital camera I got at Christmas. Saving up for one when I'm like 15/16.

Cheers, James

Windhover
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I am pretty late chiming in but I would have said Whistling Kite. And I must admit; I do know my raptors pretty dang well!

myky50

whatever it is i want one :)

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