<< Previous Next >>

(Milvus migrans)

(Milvus migrans)
Photo Information
Copyright: Jose Diogo (josediogo1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 27 N: 1837] (11747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon 1 dx mark 2, Canon 500mm f4 L IS, Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-02 1:40
Viewed: 1268
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Milhafre-preto, Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

I took this picture on the wetlands of the Mondego river in the early morning...

"The black kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors. It is thought to be the world's most abundant species of Accipitridae, although some populations have experienced dramatic declines or fluctuations.Current global population estimates run up to 6 million individuals.Unlike others of the group, black kites 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 and Oceania, with the temperate region populations tending to be migratory. Several subspecies are recognized and formerly had their own English names. The European populations are small, but the South Asian population is very large.

Black kites can be distinguished from red kites by the 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.

Black kites are most often seen gliding and soaring on thermals as they search for food. The flight is buoyant and the bird glides with ease, changing directions easily. They will swoop down with their legs lowered to snatch small live prey, fish, household refuse and carrion, for which behaviour they are known in British military slang as the shite-hawk. They are opportunist hunters and have been known to take birds, bats and rodents.They are attracted to smoke and fires, where they seek escaping prey.This behaviour has led to Australian native beliefs that kites spread fires by picking up burning twigs and dropping them on dry grass.The Indian populations are well adapted to living in cities and are found in densely populated areas. Large numbers may be seen soaring in thermals over cities. In some places they will readily swoop and snatch food held by humans.Black kites in Spain prey on nestling waterfowl especially during summer to feed their young. Predation of nests of other pairs of black kites has also been noted.Kites have also been seen to tear and carry away the nests of Baya Weavers in an attempt to obtain eggs or chicks."(Wiki):

Have a good day and thanks for viewing...

Hotelcalifornia, Pitoncle, kinglove has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-07-02 6:55]

Bom dia Jose,
Fantastic photo of this Black Kite in a gorgeous pose to get the perfect composition. Splendid natural colours and very sharp detailed.

Hello Jose-Precise and useful NOTE.Well captured this majestic Black Kite.Ver nice colour and patterns on its body.Nicely presented with splendid light and sharpness.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time to you and your family-Srikumar

hallo jose
a beauty of a bird with good details
a nice composition and great sharpness
thanks greeting lou

  • Great 
  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-07-02 8:19]

Olá José,
A very good capture of this Black Kite ..
Superb eye focus and great clarity.
Best wishes,

Bonsoir José,
L'attitude du sujet, saisie sous un très bon angle de prise de vue, est majestueuse et l'opposition sur l'arrière plan remarquable.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hallo jose
照的很漂亮 很美麗的老鷹 也很清晰
真是有君臨天下的感覺 真是霸氣
構圖也很美麗 真是好看

  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-07-02 23:53]

Hi Jose
such a splendid shot of the kite. Excellent clarity and details. The blue sky is so wonderful and the branch too add a splendid composition.


  • Great 
  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-07-03 2:31]

I like the picture Jose! Very nice composition, great pose, sharpness and control of the light. Congratulation and saludos.

Calibration Check