It is never nice to see such a striking bird on a wire. But that’s the story of Ulwe. There was some confusion – whether this is the Black Winged Kite or the Black Shouldered Kite. Settled on the former after a little wikipedia research.
The Black Winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much-smaller kestrels. This kite is distinctive, with long-wings, white, grey and black plumage and owl like forward-facing eyes with red irides. When perched, often on roadside wires, it often adjusts its wings and jerks its tail up and down as if to balance itself.
This one gave me enough time to take my shots. I love the look and the intensity of the eye.
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