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Whistling Kite

Haliastur sphenurus


These beautiful raptors have "a light brown head and underparts, with pale streaks, and dark sandy-brown wings with paler undersides. [The top of the wings look like they have white spots while] the underwings have a characteristic pale 'M' shape when open [I prefer to think of it as a 'W' considering it is a Whistling Kite after all]. The head and body are relatively narrow and the tail is rounded." (Birdlife Australia: )


Quietly perched on the branch of a Boab Tree (Adansonia gregorii) at the waste water wetlands.


Whenever I have gone to the waste water wetlands these birds are always soaring above with Black Kites (Milvus migrans), to and from the rubbish dump which is just next door.

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armadeus.4 12 months ago

Thank you Deny :)

Deny a year ago


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Derby, Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Jul 14, 2018
Submitted on Jul 12, 2020

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