Gull Billed Tern is rare on Lantau - a very good , if sad, record.
Mike Author: John Holmes Time: 21/04/2014 21:15
Very unusual to see a Black Kite actually kill anything, great capture ! Author: wilsondring Time: 22/04/2014 07:20
i have always wondered why the birds get so worried when they see a black kite overhead at MP .. i have never seen them catch anything or make a kill .. now i can understand ..
nice series .. Author: wcaptain Time: 22/04/2014 10:13
I guess the majority of Black Kites are "opportunistics ", not a true predator.
The tern may be sick or an elderly. So it may get lost. An easy prey for the Black Kite.
It may be too difficult for the BK to capture the tern if it is a healthy individual. Author: ajohn Time: 22/04/2014 13:02
Black Kites have taken up hunting shorebirds at Mai Po, although they are certainly not expert hunters like peregrines. There are reports of them catching Black-tailed Godwits and Avocets, so it seems they can take on reasonable size prey. This is probably the reason that the shorebirds (especially medium-large species) are now generally quite easily flushed when they see a kite.
There has been a pair of kites nesting near the reserve for the past two years, and these seem to be the birds responsible for chasing shorebirds. I wonder whether active hunting is commoner among breeding kites, when there is an increased pressure to find food for growing chicks? Author: wilsondring Time: 22/04/2014 23:39
Original posted by ajohn at 22/04/2014 13:02
Black Kites have taken up hunting shorebirds at Mai Po, although they are certainly not expert hunters like peregrines. There are reports of them catching Black-tailed Godwits and Avocets, so it seems ...
they are paranoid now .. i saw them get flashed by the low flying black-capped Kingfisher LOL Author: John Holmes Time: 1/05/2014 18:03 Subject: Black Kite with Avocet prey
Mai Po Boardwalk, 24th April 2014
Just illustrate what John A. was saying, here's a Kite with the remains of an Avocet in its' claws.