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Black-shouldered Kite: Upclose and Personal

Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris

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From the Oldies but Goodies file.

 

About 3 years back we shared some time with the young bird. We named it Orion-the Mighty Hunter.

It was completely fearless of my presence and would allow close approaches, and would on occasions make its own close approaches. Such as this. It has leaped from the close fence post on to the wire for a closer look(?)

Orion has just eaten and the crop is now well full.

I clipped the wing tip in the frame as it was so close.

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Taken on September 20, 2017