Black Kite

Black kites (tobi) are really common and we regularly see them circling high above our area, but the best place to see them is along the coast. We went for lunch at a fish restaurant today and then wandered around the rocky shore, watching the kites riding the thermals above the cliffs of a small island. They are marvelous to watch, but we know their other side, having had food stolen by them in the past! Once we were sitting under a cliff eating a picnic and one swooped down and grabbed a sandwich right out of my hands, just as I was about to take a bite. It was so fast that I didn’t see it, and so it seemed like my sandwich had exploded in front of me. Quite a shock!! Anyway, I still love watching them.

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Order: Falconiformes (Birds of prey; raptors)
Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, eagles, kites, harriers)
Milvus migrans
Black Kite = tobi

5 thoughts on “Black Kite

  1. I just got back from a trip to Japan and they were all over the place in Enoshima. Thanks for the help in identifying them. 🙂

  2. Hey there,

    Finally I found some pics of Tobi.
    I used to see them all the time in Hofu (Yamaguchi pref).
    I lived in Japan for a year and seven months, and sorely miss the place now.
    Love the site!


    ps: any chances of some Hotaru or Semi pics?

  3. Hi Jason,
    Hope you had a good trip to Japan. It’s a great place to enjoy nature in my opinion.
    All the best,

  4. Hi Paulie,
    I hope you get the chance to live in Japan again. I’ve been here for 13 years now and I wouldn’t live anywhere else!
    Firefly (Hotaru) pictures here:
    I’ll get some pictures of cicadas (semi) later in the year.
    Glad you like the site,

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