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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 9 years ago
Black-shouldered kite
Elands caeruleus
Black-winged Kite
Elanus caeruleus

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38 Comments (1–25)

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 6 years ago

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


honeydogleo 7 years ago

Creepy red eyes

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

awesome capture! he looks so formidable...

ChimeTsetan 8 years ago

thank you Carol. :)

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 8 years ago

Incredible bird and photo! WOW!

ChimeTsetan 8 years ago

thank you Cindy and LuisStevens. :)

LuisStevens 8 years ago

What a great first spotting!

Amazing first spotting!

LisaFP 9 years ago

amazing eyes!

ChimeTsetan 9 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 9 years ago

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

ulvalactuca77 9 years ago

Wow, this is a truly exceptionally spotting.

ChimeTsetan 9 years ago

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

vanhevel 9 years ago

what big eyes you have!

Ietermagog 9 years ago

Fantastic pic!

Darwin26 9 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 9 years ago

What a gorgeous bird!

AnnieJoyGuilaran 9 years ago

the photo's great. i love it!

ChimeTsetan 9 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 9 years ago

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

LauraMaria 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

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

Bas 9 years ago

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

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Karnataka, India

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

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