Black-shouldered Kite
Elanus caeruleus
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Click the left image above to see an aerial mating display that lasted 20 minutes or more and included inverted flight, talon presentation, dramatic swoops. Note the amazing focus implied in the close passes and how the pair is continually looking at each other during flight. After displaying the pair briefly sat in a treetop, then flew off together. Click the right image above to see a series of enlargements including juveniles and immatures. The top bird in flight is courtesy of Miquel Perez de Grigorio (Seronera, 8-13); the left 2nd row photo (Ruaha, 6-19) is courtesy of Marek Novotny; the right 4th row flight photo (Seronera, 12-13) is courtesy of Dan Klasson and the large photo of a perched bird (Tarangire, 2-17) is courtesy of Stuart Webb. The other photos were taken in Ngorongoro Crater, Mkomazi NP, Ndutu, Orkesumet and Olasiti.
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-24 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Donna Novotny, Fain Zimmerman, Alex D'Ambrosio, Dan Klasson, Stuart Webb, Per Holmen
Marek Novotny, Miquel Perez de Grigorio, Hanneke Bouwmeester, Karine Van der Vurst

Last Update this page: 8-24-20