Sunday, May 12, 2019

Brahminy Kite

The brahminy kite, also known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia, is found in the Indian Subcontinent (which includes India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and the Maldives), Southeast Asia and Australia. It is found near coastal waters and inland wetlands.
It is a beautiful and distinctive bird with chestnut plumage, except for a white head and breast, and black wing tips. 

It is the mascot of Jakarta; in Hinduism, it is a representation of the sacred bird of Vishnu;  and an island, Langkawi, is named for it in Malaysia.
We only got one relatively good view of a brahminy kite. It was standing on a dead tree sticking up out of a pond in Udawalawe National Park. I had a hard time getting my camera to focus on it, so only a couple of photos are worth looking at and they're not very good. 

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps even more beautiful and more majestic than the American bald eagle.