Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Swallow Tailed Kite Hunting


Graceful Swallow Tailed Kite appears hovering and hunting over the Florida Backyard - called "the most beautiful bird of prey" and  “the coolest bird on the planet” it is unmistakable in flight. Exciting to see this bird hunting over the Backyard - a much rare sighting than an eagle - this is an amazing bird and brings to four the species of Hawks documented in the Backyard this winter. Early march they are beginning to arrive to mate in Florida - I can only dream they would choose to mate and nest in the tall pine scrub/wetlands behind the Backyard.

Our most beautiful bird of prey, striking in its shape, its pattern, and its extraordinarily graceful flight. Hanging motionless in the air, swooping and gliding, rolling upside down and then zooming high in the air with scarcely a motion of its wings, the Swallow-tailed Kite is a joy to watch. At one time it was common in summer over much of the southeast, but today it is found mostly in Florida and a few other areas of the deep south.
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Swallow Tailed Kite Hunting