We know it as a bird of prey, it is also called Black Kite, and it is a fairly common bird. It can be often seen in dozens, circling over the cities, garbage dumps, water bodies. In fact, garbage dumps are the best places to locate them if you can stand the stench. You can find it competing with the
Black Kite Bird In-flight
You can find it competing with the Brahminy Kites and crows for the food. It adroitly drifts in the air with an amazing display of deep knowledge it has of aerodynamics before it rests on top of a tree. It is best known for its sharp eyesight that lets it spot the food from great heights. They circle over the skies to scan the land, fields and water bodies for food. And suddenly take a flight down to confirm the spotting before striking. They usually rest after a while on the top branches of the trees co-living with other birds.
This image was captured near the Mandovi river at Panjim, Goa. Performing a perfect balancing act with its feathers it was drifting down for a closer look at something it just spotted.
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