Elanus caeruleus – Black-winged kite, the parade



Accipitriformes –
On the following pics the bird holds a field mouse:

Then, the icing on the cake: very high and far, a parade:

Later in the day, I find this individual – below – eating something obviously larger than a mouse but it was impossible to determine what.
More important, it has red eyes and since they can’t be immature, I guess we might have both species in my area of southern France: the one from the Iberian peninsula and the one from Asia, but I am researching the matter deeper before making up my mind!

They don’t all have red eyes, I wonder why.
As I wrote to Ken Billington:
Normally they have red eyes, but most of the of the ones I ‘shot’ have yellow eyes… I am mentioning this just in case someone has an answer!
I think there are 2 species or subspecies, one from North Africa established in the Iberian peninsula and and now in southern and one from the east, Asia probably. But I don’t find more info about these birds and their eye color.

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Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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