Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds

The Australian Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), is a common small raptor found throughout mainland Australia and usually in open habitats. They are often seen hunting during the early morning and late afternoon, hovering with the wings held upright in a V-shape, before dropping down to grab the prey in its talons.

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Alice Springs Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), Alice Springs Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Juvenile Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)
Juvenile Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

The photographs presented here were taking in the month of May and October.

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Genus: Elanus
  • Species: E. axillaris
  • Binomial name: Elanus axillaris

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