Swallow-tailed Kite

My last post shared my added lifer, #202 the Burrowing Owl, from yesterday morning.

Would you believe I saw another lifer within a half hour of the Burrowing Owl?  I did!!   😊

Welcome to my lifer list, #203 the Swallow-tailed Kite!  I have seen these beautiful aerial acrobats in flight several times in the last couple months but was never able to stop and get a photograph.

This time a Swallow-tailed Kite wasn’t in flight, but perched right alongside the road for me to see AND where there was ample space to pull over.  My adrenaline was a-pumping!

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Swallow-tailed Kite


The kite was performing it’s morning yoga wing stretching……


….fluffin’ up and tail stretching.



I departed with a big thank you and huge smile, leaving the Swallow-tailed Kite to its morning ritual.

Two new lifers within a half hour, what a great morning!



42 thoughts on “Swallow-tailed Kite

  1. How wonderful Donna, two lifers in an hour, that’s so cool. This is the joy of birding in a new location, you are just excitedly on the lookout all the time. What a gift, and it looks so beautiful in the light.

  2. Congratulations, Donna. Your # 203 lifer is a beauty. He had his meal already otherwise he’d be in the air.
    After the meal comes the preening and stretching. Great captures my friend. 🙂 👍

    • It’s been an awesome trip for sure! Yes, I’ve had other times being on a roll with new lifers when visiting vastly new locations, as in a boat trip to Poplar Island last summer and the summer of 2016 when we traveled out west for five months. 🙂

  3. Donna, you sure are in a wonderful place right now – couldn’t be better for ‘social isolation’. So keep all of these gorgeous pictures coming – they are a bright spot in the day!

    • Thank you, Ted! I thought I’d never get this bird in flight and then to come up on it perched was just way too awesome. Still don’t have a flight shot though! LOL 😉

  4. Woohoo these are so phenomenal Donna! I don’t know how you managed to focus after just coming off the Burrowing Owl “cloud” (referring to White Cloud Ultra Toilet Paper here). Giggle! What an amazing day for you! You are such a gifted photographer – I’m extremely delighted we have met and I get to see and read your blog as you are a gifted writer and share so much information as well! Thank you! Hopefully we’ll be able to go on more birding/photography adventures together as soon as this social distancing is lifted!

    • Thank you, Carol! Yes, White Cloud!! 😅 😂 I know one thing, there is a lot of adrenaline pumping when I’m photographing a new bird, lol. Now if I can find the Snail Kite as you have, that would be more awesome! 🙂

  5. Beautiful!!! I too just saw one on March 11 in the Okefenokee NWR. I was overjoyed. It was the last photo from our 3-day trip… so it will probably be a month before I get to edit and post! Lol. Great photos, thanks for posting. William

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