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Black-shouldered Kite: Let it Be Known

Black-shouldered Kite, Elanus axillaris


This is Belle, the female of the local clutch. There is a second pair of Kites working on a nest in the same area.

Not something I've encountered before.


The raised tail and lowered wings are a good sign that she is claiming territory.

HANZAB explains it as territory defence and calling on the resident male to expel the intruding bird.


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Taken on October 20, 2021