Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sweet morning with the Swallow-tailed Kites

With the heat nowadays, I find it best to get on the trail as early as possible....turns out 6:30 was not that early because the birds were already up. I didn't have any expectations and ended up being pleasantly surprised to see the Kites much closer to the path, in a live tree and in a group of 13.
Business as usual....preen, fluff and preen some more

lots and lots of short, fluffy feathers....I could see them floating in the wind as they cleaned up

After a while - I proceeded down the path to see who else was around....the Great Blue Heron had the pond to himself

The Black-crowned Night Heron was hiding under dense vegetation in the shadows

After a while, I returned to the Swallow-tailed Kites with the hopes of seeing them take off for the day

slowly but surely, they started to leave the tree -

some bumping into others in the process

some just stretching their wings before take off

The "king" sat in the foreground, watched and vocalized quite a bit

fluffed and preened too

I never get tired of watching them.

1 comment:

  1. You can never get tired. They have so many different looks. Love watching them fly