“Again one of these precious birding moments. I arrived at a water reservoir not far from my village and saw two adult Black-shouldered Kites (Elanus caeruleus), also called Black-winged Kites, fly together, quietly, not chasing.
“They moved on to the other side of the water and suddenly one descended, hovered and started to ‘attack’ the other. In talks with an expert [Dr Chaiyan Kasorndorkbua, Kasetsart University, Bangkok] it seemed to be a courting pair, stabilising their bond.
“Funny and/or crazy thing however was the fact that the one ‘attacking’ kite was sometimes flying UPSIDE DOWN! Amazing, legs stretched, feet in the air, he did that several times, a great view.
“I took quite some pictures but as the distance was quite large the quality is not very good, sorry for that. Main thing I wanted to show you the acrobatics that this Kite performed. It was a pleasant thing to witness…”
Chaiwan, NE Thailand
24th March 2012