Plumbeous Kite

Ictinia plumbea

ML139076661


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Michael Andersen
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eBird Checklist S12260624
Hacienda Concepcion
Madre de Dios, Peru
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Latitude and Longitude -12.6065, -69.0778 Map

Age
Not specified
Sex
Not specified
Behaviors
Breeding
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Media notes

Observation details

The kites were observed foraging on a large, winged hymenopteran (ants or termites) that were swarming above the lodge at Hacienda Concepcion. Two photos here show the kites actively eating the abdomens, after which they dropped the remaining parts of the insects (head and thorax) to the ground. We noticed numerous individual insects crawling on the ground without abdomens. The swifts were also likely foraging on these insects, but they likely ate the entire insect whole.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 40D
f-stop
f/7.1
Focal length
400 mm
Shutter speed
1/320 sec
ISO
500
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
786KB
Dimensions
2713 x 1809

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