Seeing a Brahminy Kite on the beach is something special. I like where I live, albeit I’m moving soon, and that will be the subject of a future post.
Walking along Moore Park Beach, I often see Brahminy Kites. I admire these birds of prey. They are like the wedge-tailed eagles I came to know in Victoria, but smaller and more agile.
I’m not an ornithologist but I appreciate that where I live there are more birds than one would normally see. Kookaburras are my favourite. They are numerous, wake me up with their call and sing happily in the evening.
According to Birdlife Australia:
The Brahminy Kite occurs throughout southern and South East Asia, and in Australia it is widespread along the north coast, though individual birds may wander inland along the course of large rivers. These raptors often perch inconspicuously for long periods on exposed perches before swooping down onto prey in the water or on the ground. Their prey usually comprises fish and insects, and they often steal food from other birds, such as gulls, terns, ibis and other raptors. They also often scavenge carrion on the ground.
I’ve seen plenty of these birds on Moore Park Beach.
The Brahminy Kite is widespread across northern Australia, mainly along the coastline from Western Australia to northern New South Wales, and is more common in the north of its range. It is widespread throughout tropical Asia.
A force of nature.