Brahminy Kite – The Majestic Eagle

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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


Pictures:

19th November 2014

When we spotted the Brahminy kite, we noticed it was clutching something in its claws.

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We realized it had captured something like a lizard! :O

IMG_4357c It occasionally nipped at its poor prey like it was tearing it apart. Ew! Perhaps the lizard was struggling and it didn’t want to drop it.IMG_4352cWhat an amazing sight!


26th October 2014

This was the day we took the ultra sharp cover picture ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

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19th October 2014

The Brahminy kite hunting…

IMG_3679cIt tucks its yellow feet tightly when it flies :3IMG_3680c_1300

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See how big the kite is compared to the trees? Tiny birds like the flowerpecker must be terrified! :OIMG_3695c_1500


17 September 2014

A pair of kites, patrolling their territory together.

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4th September 2014

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13 thoughts on “Brahminy Kite – The Majestic Eagle

    1. Yes, we’ve actually spotted an oriental honey buzzard twice and briefly saw what we think is a Japanese sparrowhawk once! We love spotting winter migrants ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you seen any migrant raptors around?

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  1. Love your pics, this is one raptor I would love to see in the wild, you have a wonderful birding site, with really great pics. It is great to experience the birds from your part of the world.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! The Brahminy Kite is truly majestic. We’re planning to post on other raptors too, hopefully in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. beautiful bird; Thanks for the fun facts; we had no idea
    We also have kites that like to stay on the tippy top of our tallest trees and make distinctive noises, probably territorial calls. The crows and hawks hate them because they never allow them to stay on top of the tree. Our camera is too small to get a good picture so you’ll have to just go by our descriptions.

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