16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Black Kite

In their natural habitat, Black Kites are spectacular, soaring effortlessly in the wind, their long forked tails constantly twisting to manoeuvre the bird while searching for food on the ground below, or skilfully catching insects on the wing. They are readily attracted to any fire, and great numbers may be seen wheeling about in the smoke, looking ahead of the fire-front to find small creatures fleeing the flames, or picking up the burnt remains of those that did not escape.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Australia
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Copyright: © Dyego Custodio