On 26th December 2011, William Ip was at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve photographing birds. There, he had an exciting encounter with a pair of Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus).
Out of nowhere, a kite suddenly swooped down towards the sea to snatch a live rat from the surface of the water (above). With the rat tightly clamped in its talons, the kite flew up to meet up with its mate (below).
High up in mid-air, the kite expertly passed on its prey to its mate (below). Was this a courtship feeding or was it a male passing the food to the female for the chicks?