Black Kite30th September 2013 – Broome has seen an unprecedented number of Black Kites gliding the wind currents in recent months. 
According to Rick Else from the Broome Bird Observatory, he estimated a flock of over 1300 black kites hovering over the Broome Tip.
Black Kites are opportunistic hunters and are arguably the most numerous species of raptor in the world.
They breed inland from Broome and then once nested, head for the coast.  What has lead to this huge increase of Black Kites? My best guess is that weather conditions led to an exceptional breeding season. The unusual rainfall of 139mm on the 6th of June, over a 5th of our annual rainfall on one day, may have led to favourable conditions.