Black-eared kite (Milvus migrans lineatus). Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.
A common raptor found throughout Japan is the black-eared kite (Milvus migrans lineatus), a a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. Unlike others of the group, black kites are opportunistic hunters and are more likely to scavenge. They spend a lot of time soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food. Their angled wing and distinctive forked tail make them easy to identify. They are also vociferous with a shrill whinnying call. The black kite species (Milvus migrans) is thought to be the world's most abundant bird of prey. Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. In Nachikatsuura, don't miss the impressive tuna market auction at 7:00am, easily viewed from above in the open public gallery. (In contrast, Tokyo's restrictive early morning fish auction at Toyosu Market limits viewers via registration and a wall of glass). Japan is the world's biggest consumer of tuna.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download