Monday, February 12, 2018

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kites are found from the southeastern United States south through Central America into most of the Amazon Basin of South America. Swallow-tailed Kites sometimes wander into the American Midwest—here is a photo I took several years ago in South Dakota. The kite in this post was photographed near the Arenal Observatory Lodge on 10 July 2017.

This hawk is another dragonfly hunter. They soar above and through the forest canopy searching for insects, frogs, lizards, snakes, and small birds. I am not sure what causes the spots on this bird’s wings. Perhaps they are the result of wing molt. Such spots are not visible in most photos.

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