Black Shouldered Kite
Spotted this fellow (or girl) and his (or her) mate in a tree as I was slowly returning home after an abortive visit to Ash Island, which is where the protected area of Kooragang Wetlands are. There’s not much out there, its pretty soggy at the moment but I was surprised that the only birds I saw (until this) were Masked Lapwings and Black Headed Ibis, both of which are as common as mud around here.
I’ve never seen one of these birds before, although there are many different kinds of raptors on the coast… this is new to me, so I was really pleased to have captured the shot. I just adore those orange eyes!
More information about the bird can be found at Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-shouldered_kite