Whistling kite attacking WBSE

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Whistling kite attacking WBSE

Today I found a black-shouldered kite and was standing around waiting for it to come back (and hopefully closer). An immature white-bellied sea-eagle flew over me, then a whistling kite appeared and started attacking it. It was amazing to see.


Absolute ripper shots Birdgirl, what a sight it must have been.

Karen's picture

Wow!  I'm speechless.  Fantastic pics!

Brisbane southside.

Birdgirl2009's picture

Thank you. It was an incredible sight and I was out in the open too, not in the car, so I could move freely to track them. They were too busy fighting to notice me.

Elle's picture

Awesome. It must have been entertaining!! ^_^

rjwaring's picture

But quite another thing to hold your hand steady enough with the camera. I'm with everyone else's comments above, but I think Elle has the word - "Awesome!"

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

russianbear's picture

Very interesting pictures, Birdgirl2009!



Correa's picture

High drama in the skies!

Maureen's picture

Great to see these unusual action photos. Thanks for sharing. What size lens were you using please? I suppose the birds were a fair way up but must have fallen through the air to some extent during their battle?

Birdgirl2009's picture

Hi Maureen 100-400 mm lens set on 400. I'm not very good at estimating heights and distances but they might have been 20-30 m up and the photos have been cropped so you can see the action

Araminta's picture

Kim, those photos leave me speechless,( and it it takes a lot to shut me up).

I can't even make up my mind to pick one over the other, they are all amazing.


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Thanks M-L. I was hoping you'd see them. You seem to enjoy the BOP the most of anyone. I can't tell you what a thrill it is to see something new when I go out and have something different to share so I don't bore everyone by mostly posting BOP. Did you see that the same morning I was watching a black-shouldered kite and waiting for it to come closer before these 2 appeared? The amazing thing was that I was out of the car and they were too focussed on each other to care about me. And I was just about to pack up when a bird flew over me that I thought at the time was a little falcon but appears to be my very first peregrine falcon!!!!!! Then I looked over in the distance and saw a swamp harrier too! What a morning! All this happened in 1 1/2 hours

check out post peregrine falcon? 2 days 17 h ago

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