|4 Black Kites in one photo - but I could see up to 8 at the location.|
Monday, December 24, 2012
In the middle of the day today I was driving home on the back roads from Toowoomba in the area of Cranley, and I spotted numerous birds of prey on the powerlines and also circling above a road-kill hare. I pulled over to have a better look and could count up to 8 birds in the vicinity of 100m. Of course I didn't have my camera with me, so I drove home and decided to grab the camera and go back. Now usually this is where the story would end, however when I returned to the location the birds were still there!! It was rather glary being the middle of the day and the birds moved quite swiftly while in the air, but I managed a few shots, enough to identify them anyway I believe. Brendon did the research and decided that they are definitely Black Kites. Their fork-tails were prominent while flying. A great sight for the end of a great birding year. J.G.