Black Kite at ICBP
Black Kite at the International Centre for Birds of Prey, at Newent, Gloucestershire; 2 July 2014.

This is not the kite that occurs in Britain, that very nearly became extinct here, and that numerous successful re-introductions have now made common again in many areas – that is the Red Kite. 

This is the Black Kite, the one that ranges over vast areas of Europe, Africa, Asia and the more central parts of the Americas, where it is a highly successful and often opportunistic predator and scavenger.  Go to many African cities, for example, and many, at least, of the large dark birds circling overhead will be these.

And opportunistic?  I heard of one diving at a fair-skinned but sunburnt child in a pushchair in Nairobi, presumably mistaking the pink infant for raw meat, and leaving a gash down the mother’s arm.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1,000 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Business Portrait preset.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

7 Responses to BIRDS 59 – BLACK KITE (MONO)

  1. Superb! Well caught.


  2. Wow! Scary creature, but still magnificent!
    Hope you had a great visit today. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, the visit was good, worn out by the hooligans’ attentions but slept well. On arriving, I usually sit down on the floor with them and let mayhem commence, but feeling my age and the heat yesterday I sat on the sofa – only to provoke yells of “Come and sit on the floor, Grandad!”.

      They are wonderful. The 6 year old has a very good school report indeed and is a voracious reader, while the 3 year old is a laughing, smiling and often outrageous little doll.

      Glad you like the picture. Yes, magnificent, as Nature is. ATP xxx


  3. Malin H says:

    I really like your portraits of birds.

    And about the story… I have one thing to say and that’s OMG.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Malin! I have a great affinity for birds, having been involved with them to varying extents since 1967 – and having gone to Kenya, for 12 years, specifically to see them. I enjoy photographing them very much – and of course, but for the cages’ bars and netting, my recent visit to the birds of prey centre almost made things too easy – they were close by, looking at me.

      I wasn’t too happy with the cages and tethers, seeing wildlife in their natural surroundings in Kenya has spoilt me for that, but still it was a thrill to see them so closely and well at ICBP.

      And the story from Nairobi – yes, wild things, and as such always to be treated with a healthy degree of respect! Thank you again. A


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