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As you stroll along the Kamogawa River in Kyoto, you might glance up at the sky and notice the majestic silhouettes of black kites gliding overhead. With their dark plumage and imposing wings, they seem like kings of the air, adding a touch of wilderness to the place.

Despite Kyoto’s urban development, these majestic birds have preserved their flying skills and habitat. They remind us that nature and city life can exist hand in hand. Every now and then, they swoop down in breathtaking maneuvers to snatch their prey from the water.

Kyoto’s black kites have become so accustomed to humans that they even catch and eat bread thrown to them in mid-air. It is only in slow motion that the agility of the attacking black kites becomes clear. Bread that lands in the water is snatched away from the ducks with a targeted dive in front of their beaks.

So take your camera, take a walk along the Kamogawa River and be mesmerized by the flying skills of the black kites. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!

Location: Kamogawa River, Kyoto

“South, Southeast Asian […] kites, which are closely tied to humans in terms of food ecology, have reduced their flight distances from humans to a few meters where they are not persecuted, and nest, breed, and roost in its immediate vicinity” – Wikipedia: Black Kite

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