Swallow Tailed Kite

ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
My favorite raptor.
Jim
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  • nole76nole76 Posts: 804 Officer
    What is he eating?
  • JWTJWT Posts: 417 Deckhand
    one of the coolest birds on the planet. they don't even land to eat!  we didn't get many here last year.......
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
    nole76 said:
    What is he eating?
    A young dove that was picked out of the nest.  They eat on the fly!
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain

    JWT said:
    one of the coolest birds on the planet. they don't even land to eat!  we didn't get many here last year.......
    I see them fairly fairly often in S.W. Florida at this time of year.
  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,069 AG
    Scoutboat said:
    nole76 said:
    What is he eating?
    A young dove that was picked out of the nest.  They eat on the fly!
    Yes they do. This one was probably taking on a grasshopper of sorts above the peanut fields.


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  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 4,834 Captain
    I don't know about FL but in GA the game wardens want you to report it if you spot one.  I've never seen one in S GA.
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
    stc1993 said:
    I don't know about FL but in GA the game wardens want you to report it if you spot one.  I've never seen one in S GA.
    I live in S.W. Florida on Cape Haze, I've never seen one in more populated areas north of here.
    Beautiful bird!  
  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,069 AG
    Just had two over the house this morning. Just north of Cedar Key.
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  • JWTJWT Posts: 417 Deckhand
    we had good numbers 2 years ago, more than i have ever seen concentrated........... got to watch a lot of their feeding activity & learned a lot about them. only seen a couple this year & no photo ops. such cool birds- i miss them.

    this one just snatched a frog out of the tree top (from 2016)
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
    JWT said:
    we had good numbers 2 years ago, more than i have ever seen concentrated........... got to watch a lot of their feeding activity & learned a lot about them. only seen a couple this year & no photo ops. such cool birds- i miss them.

    this one just snatched a frog out of the tree top (from 2016)

  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
    Nice photo, JWT!!!!!
    What's your location???
    Jim
  • SloughSlough S.w. Ga./ St. JamesPosts: 4,618 Captain
    Cool pics
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  • SloughSlough S.w. Ga./ St. JamesPosts: 4,618 Captain
    stc1993 said:
    I don't know about FL but in GA the game wardens want you to report it if you spot one.  I've never seen one in S GA.
    I haven't either. See a few every year on the river cruise. Usually between Bristol and Apalachicola.
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you
  • JWTJWT Posts: 417 Deckhand
    i am in Everglades NP for these. seeing very few of these again this year. much has changed after the storm... i have found some other cool stuff tho...
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
    Everglades City??
    Nice little town!
    Been to the "Ore House" restaurant.  
  • LurchyLurchy Posts: 376 Deckhand
    See quite a few in the Jupiter/ Hobe Sound area
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 3,969 Captain
    That is a great raptor. Haven't seen one in a few years.
    30-40 years ago, I used to see Everglades Kites also. Due to their limited diet of mostly Snails, I doubt if there are many left. As the POTUS woulld say "sad".

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  • Black GnatBlack Gnat Posts: 61 Greenhorn
    See one or two around my house in Gainesville, most recently 5/9. Have seen one at Suwannee Town.
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
    The last one that i've seen was early this week in East Englewood.
    There's a large Charlotte County reserve not far from there.
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 7,143 Admiral
    I see them here in spring late spring quite often.  Saw one the other day.  They are a cool raptor!

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  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 4,834 Captain
    I've read that for every bird you see in FL our grandparents saw 10.
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 7,143 Admiral
    That just seems like a weird thing to say.  Yeah, I get it, the bird population is down 90%.  It just sounds funny like if I see a bird sitting on my fence, my grand parents would have seen 10 sitting there.

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  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
    mplspug said:
    That just seems like a weird thing to say.  Yeah, I get it, the bird population is down 90%.  It just sounds funny like if I see a bird sitting on my fence, my grand parents would have seen 10 sitting there.
    Seems that way.
    Some raptors (like the Bald Eagle) are making a comeback.
    Others (like the Swallow Tail Kite) have been in decline because of loss of habitat.
    Blame the developers for that.
    Jim
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 7,143 Admiral
    It just sounds like a funny thing to say.  Like I imagine instead of a pair of birds tending a nest, I picture my grandparents seeing 20 birds tending a nest  :D

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  • swampwalkerswampwalker Posts: 1,521 Captain
    I'm seeing a lot more Swallowtail Kites in Polk & Hillsborough than in years past. Not sure if pop is expanding or what. Must be a count somewhere that sheds some light on population numbers. I hear Everglades Kites are actually being seen a lot more on the Kissimmee River south of Orlando expanding range. One species I'm seeing more of than when I was a kid is the Sandhill Cranes. BTW - great pics of the buntings!
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  • JWTJWT Posts: 417 Deckhand
    they are very scarce here lately....... only a couple scattered sightings.... 
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
    From what i read about them, they spend most of their time in Central and S. America, coming north to breed.
    Loss of habitat seems to be the limiting factor in the U.S.
  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain

    I'm seeing a lot more Swallowtail Kites in Polk & Hillsborough than in years past. Not sure if pop is expanding or what. Must be a count somewhere that sheds some light on population numbers. I hear Everglades Kites are actually being seen a lot more on the Kissimmee River south of Orlando expanding range. One species I'm seeing more of than when I was a kid is the Sandhill Cranes. BTW - great pics of the buntings!
    Swampy,
    We see many resident Sandhill Cranes in S.W. Florida.
    Many migrate from the upper mid west to Southern states.
    There's even a hunting season for them in some states.
    Dang!!!!
    Jim
  • jcbcpajcbcpa Posts: 1,552 Captain
    Saw one cruising the Wakula River back in April. They are for sure beautiful birds. Love to watch them.
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  • ScoutboatScoutboat Posts: 1,922 Captain
    jcbcpa said:
    Saw one cruising the Wakula River back in April. They are for sure beautiful birds. Love to watch them.


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