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Wings of Fire...

A Brahminy kite (also known as red-backed sea-eagle) backlit by the sun making a mid-air turn towards me. The image was shot on a bridge in Kollam district of Kerala.

Found this interesting excerpt on wikipedia- A fable from central Bougainville Island relates how a mother left her baby under a banana tree while gardening, and the baby floated into the sky crying and transformed into Kaa'nang, the brahminy kite, its necklace becoming the birds feathers.

Shot: Kollam, Kerala July 2014
Species: Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

More on the bird at

Canon 5D Mark III
200mm · f/5.6 · 1/1000s · ISO 200
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