Kites are raptors that capture their prey in the air, usually small flying insects like Dragon Fly’s. They stay aloft for hours and need to catch large numbers since the are large sized hawks.
Locally we have several native Kites, however this bird is a sub-Sahara native and in the ‘Birds Of Prey’ nature conservatory. We are lucky to live near and have the opportunity to photograph them in action (there are other articles on Kites on this site).
This series of articles and photographs includes a Kite in close up images, in-flight, and showing their acrobatic skills catching food midair and grasping food from a trainer during fly by’s.
Kites fly thousands of miles when hunting, and maybe even more during migrations. This bird here will not only show his hunting skills, he demonstrates acrobatics…and stamina.
Once up and flying you have to wait him out. For this part he trains the trainers.