Ambushed by a Kite in Yamba

The Silent Hunter That Soars Above All Others

Going back a couple of years now, we were on holidays in one of our favourite places, Yamba.We always go for a walk around the beaches and break walls when we’re there.

On one of our walks, we watched a pair of what I thought were Sea Eagles. I’ve since been corrected by a friend (who knows far more about birds than I do) that they’re Brahminy Kites, not Sea Eagles. They are stunning gliders, and I’m always in awe when I see one.

I remember thinking: note to self; always carry your camera when you go for a walk around here. And for once, I took my own advice and did just that, this time I was ready.

We walked along the shoreline where I had seen the Kites the day before and they weren’t there. We then walked along the seawall and still not a bird in sight. It wasn’t until we got to the end of the seawall that the Kite pictured in this post ambushed us.

My Wife and I were standing there admiring the view when from seemingly nowhere, the Brahminy Kite rose from underneath us, as it came up from sea level and hovered, almost at our eye level just over the edge of the seawall. I was standing there with my mouth open, amazed at how close he was and how cool he looked before I remembered the camera hanging over my shoulder. I slowly pulled my camera around and took the shot.

To our amazement, it rose another 5 metres or so and then passed directly over our heads in a very slow hover. The guy behind us said,

“It looked like it was posing for you!”.

That was a special moment in Yamba, which is a special place, one I was glad to experience and capture.

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