(earlier called the Black-Shouldered Kite, which I think is more accurate)
is easily one of the most handsome common accipiters in the Bangalore outskirts....
You can see the black shoulders clearly as it lands on the insulators of the power cables:
It's rare to get a photograph of them on anything but a wire, so here's one I got:
Just look at the lovely mask, and those eyes:
I was barely able to get the bird in the frame as it flew:
Here's a video of the kite "wagging" its tail, which I got some time ago:
But back it came, to land on the wire again:
More photos from our Bheemanna Kuppe Kere trip (thank you Sangeetha!) on Saturday....coming up as soon as I can upload them...! We were 4 NTP members in a group of 7.