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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Swallow-tailed Kites, Wow!

The Swallow-tailed Kites have returned from migration here on Sanibel Island, FL.

These beautiful birds winter mainly in South America

and return to the Southeast U.S. to breed. Note the interesting pattern on the topside of the wing.

We lucked out and had just pulled into a parking lot and saw 3 kites overhead. They did lots of calling and diving at one another. Swallow-taild Kites catch insects in the air and may pluck lizards from trees. They nest in woodlands and forested wetlands and build nests in trees. What a show we had.

7 comments:

Robert Mortensen said...

Gorgeous birds! Beautiful in-flight shots.

Dina J said...

Such amazing shots. It's so hard to get good shots of these guys because they are usually soaring so high. I've never seen them up this close.

Dina J said...

Such amazing shots. It's so hard to get good shots of these guys because they are usually soaring so high. I've never seen them up this close.

Kevin said...

Wow, those are amazing photos of perhaps my favorite species! I saw at least one pair at Corkscrew Swamp on Feb 23, and Sanctuary volunteers said that they had just arrived. Are they commonly seen on Sanibel?

BirdGalAlcatraz said...

Wow, wow, WOW! What a fantastic series!

Wren said...

I just found your blog today and I just had to tell you that the photos are absolutely spectacular! Thank you for sharing; I love birds.

John Safari said...

The birds looks very wonderful. They're movement is captured perfectly.