Thursday, September 5, 2013

Black Shouldered Kite

While on road, I instinctively look at birds on wires. Most of the time they turn out to be common birds like, crows, sparrows, and pigeons.  But once in a while, I come across not so commonly sighted bird, like this specialist rodent hunter- The black Shouldered Kite. Found all the way from Australia, Eurasia to Africa, it is quite a wide spread bird.
I was lucky enough to see a hunting sortie of this bird too. It hovered mid air for a considerable period of time , and probably when it felt the time was right, it swooped down on the prey. I could not witness what happened next. The bird came up and went on its merry way- leaving me wondering if it ended up with a prey or not.
Spotted on Mumbai-Nashik highway.

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