Swallow Tailed Kite

Swallow Tailed Kite

There’s a new bird in the neighborhood, the Swallow Tailed Kite. The Audubon Field Guide states:

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

I’ve never seen them before. They live in a few southeastern places. And are threatened or endangered in most. Fortunately, Fortunately, Florida still has space for them.

And they’re a unique addition to the others birds working Florida’s towering clouds. Watching them is a great way to relax and enjoy nature.

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