The black kite (Milvus migrans) is a a graceful raptor, is a common sight in many parts of the world. With its dark plumage and distinctive forked tail, it’s a captivating subject for photographers.
Yet, capturing this bird in action can be challenging. Black Kites are agile and often soar at great heights. To photograph them, one must be patient and skilled, with a keen eye for detail. The challenge adds to the thrill of capturing these majestic birds in flight, making each photograph a triumph.
Unlike others of the group, black kites are opportunistic hunters and are more likely to scavenge. They spend much time soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food. Their angled wing and distinctive forked tail make them easy to identify. They are also vociferous with a shrill whinnying call.
The black kite is widely distributed through the temperate and tropical parts of Eurasia and parts of Australasia and Oceania, with the temperate region populations tending to be migratory. Several subspecies are recognized and formerly had their own English names. The European populations are small, but the South Asian population is very large.