Majestic and commanding, the brahminy kite is an impressive raptor which can be seen soaring effortlessly high in the skies across northern Australia’s coastline.
Its diet of choice is dead animals, insects, and fish, and it swoops down from its perch high in a tree, then flies low over the water, and has been known to take prey from other birds whilst in flight.
The brahminy kite builds its nest in living trees near water, and the structure is large and made from sticks, seaweed, or driftwood and lined with lichens, bones, and seaweed.
Both parents incubate the eggs.
Photo by Scott Humphris.