Thursday, 29 January 2015

Black Kites


2CY - Juvenile outer primaries showing their white bases and juvenile like head and body.


2CY - Juvenile outer primaries, majority of secondaries juvenile but head and body more adult like compared to above birds.

2CY probably peppered with gun shot


Juveniles flying past Station 1

113,302 total counted. A much later migrant than the western Black Kite populations with many birds still passing through Batumi in October.

Prize for worst plumage probably went to this BK. Whether it had survived an assassination attempt or was a combination of moult/infestation I don't know. The one thing that BK's never do though is give up.