Brahminy Kite – social/feeding behaviour

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I saw this rather comical scene. A Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus intermedius) had caught a prey and was attempting to feed on it on the ground. Four Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis coromundus) had ‘surrounded’ it and were watching intently, hoping to gain access to the prey as well. They did not seem afraid of the raptor and were interrupting feeding. I wonder if the prey caught was too big to carry away? Made my day.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Ulu Dedap, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Extensive Rice Growing region, providing wetlands

Date: 7th February 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

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