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Black-shouldered kite

Elanus caeruleus


Open dry agricultural fields.


Hovers at a spot for few seconds inspecting the field below before moving forward and repeating the same. Perches on high on top of trees or electrical wires.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Ietermagog 10 years ago
Black-shouldered kite
Elands caeruleus
Black-winged Kite
Elanus caeruleus

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38 Comments (1–25)

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 8 years ago

Black shouldered is an australian species...this ones a black winged...


honeydogleo 8 years ago

Creepy red eyes

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

awesome capture! he looks so formidable...

ChimeTsetan 9 years ago

thank you Carol. :)

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 9 years ago

Incredible bird and photo! WOW!

ChimeTsetan 9 years ago

thank you Cindy and LuisStevens. :)

LuisStevens 9 years ago

What a great first spotting!

Amazing first spotting!

LisaFP 10 years ago

amazing eyes!

ChimeTsetan 10 years ago

Thank you ulvalactuca77 and Argybee...
@Argybee, its so true that wires make a very good perching spot for various birds in India, but at the same time i have seen many birds as well as big fruit bats electrocuted by the same. :(

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Beautiful bird. Great shot.
In India so many wires = so many perches. :)

ulvalactuca77 10 years ago

Wow, this is a truly exceptionally spotting.

ChimeTsetan 10 years ago

thank you everyone... yes, it does have nice big red eyes vanhevel. :)

vanhevel 10 years ago

what big eyes you have!

Ietermagog 10 years ago

Fantastic pic!

Darwin26 10 years ago

The talons are almost obscene; and the eyes, well there's a gizmo on the Camera for Red-eye :)

outstanding shot,
thank you,

KarenL 10 years ago

What a gorgeous bird!

AnnieJoyGuilaran 10 years ago

the photo's great. i love it!

ChimeTsetan 10 years ago

Thank you everyone, I am humbled by your kind gestures. I shall keep sharing more pics in future for the sake of joy of sharing of nature's beautiful creatures. thank you peter for making it the spotting of the day.

MatthewFuller 10 years ago

where can we see videos of this bird flying upside down?

LauraMaria 10 years ago

What a fabulous bird... those red eyes are incredible. And I love how his feet look too big for his body!! A beautiful photograph, well deserving of spotting of the day!

Steve A
Steve A 10 years ago

Great shot, and congrats on spotting of the day! I love these birds. As you see we have the exact same bird here in Australia -

Dangermouse 10 years ago

A great picture, so clear! And congratulations on making Spotting of the Day! :)

Bas 10 years ago

Realy nicve picture!!! very nice close up!!

Spotted by

Karnataka, India

Spotted on May 30, 2011
Submitted on May 30, 2011

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