This was the first bird of prey we spotted! We are continually amazed by its majestic and graceful flight as it circles high in the sky, and even occasionally swooping down to hunt.
Description: The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), also known as the Red-backed Sea Eagle in Australia, has a distinctive aquiline look to it. You can find them on coasts and inland wetlands, but also flying over parks and gardens. It’s easy to spot due to its contrasting chestnut wings, back and rounded tail, and white head and chest.
Status: Common resident breeder.
Diet: It is primarily a scavenger but also hunts various smaller animals, including fish, frogs, lizards (see 19th November pictures!), rats and food scraps.
Fun fact: In Malaysia, the island of Langkawi is named after this bird (kawi meaning an ochre-like stone, the colour of this kite’s wings!). It’s also the mascot of Jakarta. Such a popular bird! :O
19th November 2014
When we spotted the Brahminy kite, we noticed it was clutching something in its claws.
26th October 2014
This was the day we took the ultra sharp cover picture 🙂 We actually spotted a pair of kites circling around! One kite came really close to our condominium so we were able to get good shots!
19th October 2014
The Brahminy kite hunting…
17 September 2014
A pair of kites, patrolling their territory together.
4th September 2014