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Black Kite

Black Kite
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Copyright: Anil Purohit (purohit) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16 W: 12 N: 82] (787)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: panasonic DMC FZ30
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The Heaven of Black-bucks -- Tal Chhapar Sanctuary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-27 5:08
Viewed: 3169
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have taken this shot at Tal Chhapar Sanctuary.
The Black Kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors. Unlike others of the group, they are opportunistic hunters and are more likely to scavenge. They spend a lot of time soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food. Their angled wing and distinctive forked tail make them easy to identify. This kite is widely distributed through the temperate and tropical parts of Eurasia and parts of Australasia, with the temperate region populations tending to be migratory. Several subspecies are recognized and formerly with their own English names. The European populations are small, but the South Asian population is very large.
The Black Kite can be distinguished from the Red Kite by its slightly smaller size, less forked tail, visible in flight and generally dark plumage without any rufous. The sexes are alike. The upper plumage is brown but the head and neck tend to be paler. The patch behind the eye appears darker. The outer flight feathers are black and the feathers have dark cross bars and are mottled at the base. The lower parts of the body are pale brown, becoming lighter towards the chin. The body feathers have dark shafts giving it a streaked appearance. The cere and gape are yellow but the bill is black (unlike in the Yellow-billed Kite). The legs are yellow and the claws are black. They have a distinctive shrill whistle followed by a rapid whinnying call.

Systematics and taxonomy
The Red Kite has been known to hybridize with the Black Kite (in captivity where both species were kept together, and in the wild on the Cape Verde Islands).

Recent DNA studies suggest that the yellow-billed, African races, parasitus and aegyptius, differ significantly from Black Kites in the Eurasian clade, and should be considered as a separate, allopatric species Yellow-billed Kite, M. aegyptius. They occur throughout Africa except for the Congo basin and the Sahara Desert. There have been some suggestions that the Black-eared Kite (M. m. lineatus) should be elevated to full species status as M. lineatus, but this is not well supported
-from Wikipedia

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-27 5:17]

Hello Anil,
Excellent photo of this Black Kite in beautiful natural light and colours. Very nice blue sky in the BG. Good sharpness, details and POV.

Dear Mr. Anil, greetings from Chennai;
The black Kite is truly beautiful and majestic well captured. Congratulations. FRANCO

Magnificent bird Anil. Nice detail, color, and exposed well.
Like the overall comp/habitat look here :)
Well done!

Hello Anil,
Amazing capture. Wonderful bird. Very good shot with superb details and
great natural colours. Perfect focus. Congratulation!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-27 13:09]

Hello Anil,
what a lovely shot, well composed, nice point of view, excellent sharpness with good details, natural bg, liked the pose too,
Best regards Siggi

Hello Anil,

a great shot from this Kite.
good pov and details with fine colours.


Hallo Anil,
a superb capture of the Black Kite, very good sharpness and splendid colours, a very pleasing composition with a great posture of this bird of prey among the branches.
Best regards

Hi Anil,
A nice capture of this beautiful black kite. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-28 4:53]

Hello Anil,
A very fine and beautiful bird-shot showing this Black Kite in a natural surrounding and in a very nice and photogenic pose. I like a lot the way you composed this shot against the blue sky.
Very well done.
kind regards

Hi Anil,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Black Kite which is observing the area. The morning light has a good effect on colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Anil,
An excellent shot with beautiful coloration, great sharpness & fine details. Well done & TFS.

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  • ankit (8)
  • [2010-09-03 18:01]

Hi Anil
This is an excellent shot with very nice colors, sharpness, and details. Well done.

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  • bipin (2)
  • [2010-09-08 2:00]

Hello Anil,
This is an excellent shot of black kite with very nice colors, sharpness, and details. Well done & TFS.

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