Black kite? A friend in my garden…?
Yes…a kind of!
They hover above my house, make nests and brood on tall trees in the neighbouring property and then many times rest on my parapet or in the garden.
Black kite (Milvus migrans) is a fairly large bird, larger than a crow. They have a majestic stance and shrill call with whinnying. The brown plumage is beautiful, which is similar in male and female birds.
Black kites are widely distributed around the globe. They are seen in large numbers near human dwellings in India and avoid wilderness.
Here you can see the bird resting on my parapet, with keen observant eyes. Suddenly it is alert and flies down to the ground to snatch a dead rat from the crows. Though I have the pictures of the scenes, I am restricting to the kite alone.
Once the meal is done, it is ready to fly away!
These pictures are of the same bird, taken sequentially.