Bird of the Week: 4th June - the Kites

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Holly
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Bird of the Week: 4th June - the Kites

Thanks everyone for your images last week - I loved them all heart

 

Thought we would go from tiny and delicate insectivore to powerful raptors this week. Rather than a specific species though, I have opened it up to all Kites - Black-shouldered, Square-tailed, Black, Letter-winged and Whistling...

 

Share some great images and stories here.

Woko
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Looks like people have really taken to Bird of the Week, Holly. A great success, I'd say.

rjwaring
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Damn! Kites! :-) OK, here goes.

Black Kite followed by Black-shouldered Kite and lastly Whistling Kite

I've succumbed to the birding bug!
Alice Springs, NT

cathshane

Just a couple from the WTP.

Araminta
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only took these a few weeks ago at the Treatment Plant

DSC01895 (2) DSC01868 (3) hope you enjoy them again

M-L

GeorgeP
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Lovely shots so far. I love the pied bullet heading for M-L's BsK - great timing M-L.

Here's some from me - a Black Kite on the foreshore at Derby.

A Black-shouldered Kite enjoying the last bit of his lunch at the Western Treatment Plant, Melbourne..

A Whistling Kite resting at the Broome sewage plant.

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

GeorgeP
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If someone could tell me why, when I upload 1000-wide images, they display as 560-wide images. Also, how can I get text above (or below) each image as M-L has managed to do.

Thanks in advance for any responses.

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

pacman
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I like Brahminy Kites

Peter

birdie
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Wonderful shots all of them....I love Brahminies too Pacman , I had a pair circling me today...so majestic

Georgep to get the text you just have to use the return key at the end of your photo when it goes into your post and then type your text the normal way. Otherwise write your text first then insert the shots then add some more before the next one. Does that make sense?

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Windhover
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Black-shouldered Kite, near my place around Castlereagh.

See here for more BsK photos.

http://amatteroflight.com/gallery2/v/ausbirds/hawks/blkshldkite/

Black Kite, sadly I have yet to see one in the wild. This is a captive from Taronga Zoo's flight show.

More Black Kite http://amatteroflight.com/gallery2/v/ausbirds/hawks/blkkite/

Square-tailed Kite, arguably my personal favourite of all Accipitrids (hawks, kites and eagles). After Black-shouldered, this is the most common species and I often see them around my house near Penrith during summer/autumn.....

More Square-tailed Kite http://amatteroflight.com/gallery2/v/ausbirds/hawks/sqtkt/

Whistling Kite from Wilberforce, near Windsor NSW

More WK here http://amatteroflight.com/gallery2/v/ausbirds/hawks/whstlkit/

Windhover
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George

You can link images from your web gallery via the small button at the top of the text box when you type. The button is the third one left of the Omega looking one looks like a square with some rainbow-like colours. That's a link to image button. Then your images will show at full size. See mine? My shots are 1000 pixels linked from my own site.

When you type text, put the cursor to WHERE you want the image to appear in between lines or paragraphs. Then try preview so you can see what it looks like once it's posted for real. Also, linking them will insert them into the textbox while you are still typing the words prior to posting.

If you attach, the software will compress to fit, but then as you view, you can click the image to blow it up to full size when viewing. Hope it helps mate.  

Holly
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GeorgeP wrote:

 

If someone could tell me why, when I upload 1000-wide images, they display as 560-wide images. Also, how can I get text above (or below) each image as M-L has managed to do.

Thanks in advance for any responses.

 

Hmm - we set a limit to uploads so it displays them as a certain size. There are two ways you can upload photos George, either directly onto the server or using an external hosting site such as Flickr - by using the external hosting you can insert the text throughout the post. 

 

There is a how to upload section in the Announcements forum now.

 

Holly
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Windhover wrote:

 

George

You can link images from your web gallery via the small button at the top of the text box when you type. The button is the third one left of the Omega looking one looks like a square with some rainbow-like colours. That's a link to image button. Then your images will show at full size. See mine? My shots are 1000 pixels linked from my own site.

When you type text, put the cursor to WHERE you want the image to appear in between lines or paragraphs. Then try preview so you can see what it looks like once it's posted for real. Also, linking them will insert them into the textbox while you are still typing the words prior to posting.

If you attach, the software will compress to fit, but then as you view, you can click the image to blow it up to full size when viewing. Hope it helps mate.  

 

Oh more detail thanks Windhover! 

GeorgeP
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Thanks birdie, Akos (Windhover) and Holly for your assistance. I usually upload directly from my hard drive.

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

cathshane

Akos your shots are superb.

pacman
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great shots Akos

Peter

clif2
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Wow there is some talent being displayed here, such amazing birds and photos, Thanks for giving me the privilege.

Regards

               Shane

Owen1
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A Black-shouldered Kite at Edithvale Wetland

Cheers, Owen.

Headsie
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Black shoulder kite

Whistling kite

Black kite

Black breasted buzzard. (I believe these are kites)

cathshane

Owen i love your Kite shot, and Headsie your Black Kite shot is awesome we have yet to see one in the wild. George your Black shouldered kite is just great.ML i love yours with the Willy, they have no fear. Peter your Brahminy shots are just great another one we have never seen.

GeorgeP
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The quality of the images is outstanding.

Akos, I'll get you a sighting of a Black Kite for a guided tour of your Square Tail area. wink

Here's a teaser from Darwin at Holmes Jungle where there were about ten Black Kites in every tree and a few in the air overhead the tip. I stopped counting at 250. I've also added a Brahminy Kite from Broome and a Black-breasted Buzzard from Derby..

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

Birdgirl2009
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I haven't looked on here for weeks- amazing how I did when this thread was at the top! Here are a few of my favourites - whistling kite and black-shouldered kite. I really enjoyed looking at everyone else's photos. There are 3 kites here that I have never seen but would love to

cathshane

Got these Whistling Kites yesterday at the WTP, not the best shot as it was taken out of the car window. There were six of them, but number six took off before i could get a shot.

kathiemt
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I haven't seen any in the wild either, only at Healesville Sanctuary. This is a black kite.

Kathiemt
Selby, Victoria
 

Karen
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Such a stunning series of pictures.  Thank you to all who shared.

Karen
Brisbane southside.

russianbear
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Black Kites. Ross River, Townsville.

Regards

Alex

russianbear
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Brahminy and Black Kites, Magnetic Island.

Regards

Alex

Windhover
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Alex, I am pretty sure the kite after your last Brahminy is a Whistling Kite.

Araminta
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one I took today:

DSC00420 (2) and this one: DSC00316 (2)

M-L

kathiemt
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Where did you see that M-L?

Kathiemt
Selby, Victoria
 

russianbear
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Windhover wrote:

Alex, I am pretty sure the kite after your last Brahminy is a Whistling Kite.

Thanks. May be I cannot distinguish them properly.

Regards

Alex

Araminta
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kathiemt wrote:

Where did you see that M-L?

We went to the Western Treatment Plant, (near Werribee), We saw so many BOP, it was just awsome!!!!  But at least 12 Black-shouldered Kites. (if you want to go there , you have to contact Melbourne Water, you have to have a permit and a key to get in)

M-L

kathiemt
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Oh, I haven't been over that way.  Lucky you. Haven't seen any up this way but have seen a couple of wedgies.

Kathiemt
Selby, Victoria
 

teganb02
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Unfortunately I have never seen a kite, but I love everyone's photos! They are amazing , I am new btw laugh

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

Woko
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So welcome, teganb02, and in what part of our nation do you live?

teganb02
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Hi woko! I live in Victoria, Australia, I've seen some of your photos and they are amazing! Can you help me? How do you make a thread? I want to introduce myself to other people and share some of my photos! wink

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

teganb02
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Also do you have any tips when is the best time to see birds? I try to wake up early to see them but I never do, I don't know if I wake up too early or too late, it's usually 6:00am, is that right?

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

kathiemt
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Hi Tegan, where do you live? If we have some idea of where you are then we can give suggestions on what you can look out for and when.

Kathiemt
Selby, Victoria
 

teganb02
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Hey Kathie! (Can I call you that?) I live in Melbourne, Victoria, do you know anything I can look out for? What do you normally see? 

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

kathiemt
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We are carrying on a discussion on another thread but I can tell you I'm in the Dandenong Ranges and it depends on where you are in Melbourne as to what you might see. I'll see if I can send you a personal message where we can chat more, or perhaps we can start a new discussion asking about what birds are in the specific area in which you live.
 

Kathiemt
Selby, Victoria
 

teganb02
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Which thread? 

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

teganb02
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I got the email and the link to the private conversation, but when I clicked on the link, it took me here but it won't let me write anything! It only works hear crying

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

kathiemt
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Teagan, just go back up to Forums up the top and look for new posts. You'll see one for discussing how to find birds in your area.

Kathiemt
Selby, Victoria
 

teganb02
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Ok will do! I just really wish I could share some of my photos 

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

russianbear
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.

Regards

Alex

kathiemt
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Lovely shot Alex.

Kathiemt
Selby, Victoria
 

teganb02
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Wow that's a really nice photo! What sort of kite is it?

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

Owl of Kedumba
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Tegan it's a Whistling Kite, a nice one at that. Fantastic photos people!

teganb02
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Thanks, I'm not too good with kites 

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

miccro
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teganb02
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Wow, amazing! I love them all, but especially #3 and #4. You are so talented

Tegan - Melbourne Vic.

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