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|Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2)
|Date de prise de vue: 2009-10-02|
|Exposition: f/4.5, 1/125 secondes|
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|Date de soumission: 2010-09-07 10:55|
|[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe|
|I found this Yellow-Billed Kite at the dam not far from our offices one lunch time and needless to say I was thrilled.|
Enjoy and comments are welcome.
The Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius) is the Afrotropic counterpart of the Black Kite (Milvus migrans), of which it is most often considered a subspecies. However, recent DNA studies suggest that the Yellow-billed Kite differs significantly from Black Kites in the Eurasian clade, and should be considered as a separate, allopatric species.
There are two subspecies: M. a. parasitus, found throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa (including Madagascar), except for the Congo Basin(with intra-African migrations) and M. a. aegyptius of Egypt, south-west Arabia and the Horn of Africa (which disperses south during the non-breeding season).
As suggested by its name, the Yellow-billed Kite is easily recognized by its entirely yellow bill, unlike that of the Black Kite (which is present in Africa as a visitor during the North Hemispherewinter). However, immature Yellow-billed Kites resemble the corresponding age of the Black Kite.
It is mostly an intra-African breeding migrant, present in Southern Africa July–March and sometimes as late as May. It is generally common.
Habitat and feeding
They are found in almost all habitats, including parks in suburbia, but rare in the arid Namib andKaroo. They feed on a wide range of small vertebrates and insects, much of which is scavenged.
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- [2010-09-07 11:16]
What a great shot of this Yellow-Billed Kite from you!
Details and colors are wonderful!
Beautiful photo, excellent POV, excellent sharpness and contrast.
complient and thanks for sharing.
- [2010-09-08 8:15]
Last May I saw a lot of them in Senegal. Impressive birds of prey. I got some photos here on TN.
Beautiful photo in excellent sharpness and details. Very nice soft colours. Maybe a bit more contrast in the bird looks better. Attractive pose. Very good composition, POV and OOF BG.