The Brahminy Kite

This is my first attempt at bird photography.  The photos were taken from out tour boat using my Nikon D3s, and Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 with the x1.7 teleconverter.  Photographing birds in flight is much more difficult than I expected, especially from a bobbing boat, and I ahd to set my camera to continuous high mode to shoot rapidly.  I must admit most of these shots are luck as the action was happening so fast I had no idea whether the birds were actually in focus.  Let me know what you think.

The photos were taken while on the Junglewalla Mangrove Tour.  I highly recommend Junglewalla as Tour Guides.  They offer a conservationists tour and refuse to participate in the harmful feeding of The Brahiminy Kites.  We waited for all the other tour parties to depart the “tourist” feeding area and then watch these magnificent raptors soar effortlessly through the air occasionally diving for fish.  While peacfully observing these birds we spotted a sea eagle sitting high in one of the trees.  I’ll post some photos later this week.





The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle, is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eaglesbuzzards and harriers. They are found in the Indian subcontinentSoutheast Asia and Australia. They are found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands where they feed on dead fish and other prey. Adults have a reddish brown plumage and a contrasting white head and breast which makes them easy to distinguish from other birds of prey.

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