Sunday, May 20, 2012

Kites At Lake Los Carneros

After having such a good time watching a White-Tailed Kite eat its lunch here last week, I decided to return for a repeat performance.  It was even better this time, although the light was not quite as good so it was tougher to get crisp photos.  The youngters were out of the nest and about, at least 3 or 4 of them.  They can be told from the  adults as they have brown around their necks, where the adults have white.  They are about the size of the adults, but not yet hunting.  An adult will return with a rodent typically a vole) in its talons.  A youngster will fly up to meet the parent, who then makes a midair rodent transfer - very cool.  After one such transfer, the juvenile with the rodent joined two siblings in a tree and had breakfast.  A good outing!

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