Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for March 31, 2011

Up close to a square tailed kite

We often get the square tailed kites flying over our property, looking for food. We lose 1-2 chooks a year to them. Once we had been to Perth, and when we returned we found this one in the chookyard. He had partly eaten a chook, but couldn’t get out of the yard because the fences were too high. Apparently they are like a jumbo jet, and need a long runway to take off. I wasn’t sure how to get him out off the yard – they have very powerful beaks and claws and could do a lot of damage. With no particular plan in mind I threw a towel over him (or her?) and he promptly went to sleep – out cold. I was able to pick him up, put him under my arm and carry him out of the yard. He didn’t stir at all. Once outside I took the towel off. He woke up, blinked his eyes, and took off.

It was an incredible experience handling a bird like that, one I will never forget.

Square tailed kite

Square tailed kite