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Swallow-tailed Kite

Elanoides forficatus


Swallow-tailed kites come to the everglades to nest every year. The fly home to brazil a month before their fledglings do leaving them behind to fatten up on their own for the trip. I was driving across the state of Florida on 41-Tamiami Trail when I spoted one flying high. I stopped to see if it would fly closer and noticed there were at least a half dozen of them in the area. They were circling over the vast wet grasslands of the everglades with cypress domes and hardwood hammocks nearby. The one pictured here might be a young one considering that the tail isn't as sharp a V as an adults might be.

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TanyaGuiler 5 years ago

It is eating something in the second photo, in flight.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

looks beautiful in flight

Florida, USA

Lat: 26.08, Long: -80.77

Spotted on Mar 28, 2012
Submitted on Mar 28, 2012

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