Johnny Wee’s images of a Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) were photographed at Singapore’s Lorong Halus Wetland on 20th November 2013.
Subaraj Rajathurai examined the images of the kite with its prey and concluded that the latter is probably a Garden Supple Skink (Lygosoma bowringii).
This kite usually hunts from a perch. It keeps a close watch on any prey appearing below. Once the prey is sighted, the raptor lunges down, snatch the prey with its powerful talons and return to the perch LINK 1 and LINK 2. The raptor would then deals with the prey, attacking its head and tearing it up.
In the case of the Black-shouldered Kite, it probably attacked the head of the lizard before slowly swallowing it head-first until only the tail stuck out of its mouth.
Johnny Wee & Subaraj Rajathurai