THRIVING ON AGRICULTURE

BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE, ELANUS AXILLARIS

The black-shouldered kite is one of the lucky species to have reaped the benefits of agricultural practices and the introduction of house mice in Australia. This stunning raptor was using the fence as a vantage point to spot its rodent prey, which is abundant in the wheat fields.

Roma, Queensland

Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 105mm macro lens, 1/250, f/16, ISO 160, handheld 

by Brendan Schembri, South Australia