Mississippi Kite Pair Eating

Mississippi Kite Pair Feeding

I was watching a flock of Blue Jays and had followed one through my view finder into a tree. Wait! Those are not Blue Jays.

Mississippi Kite Pair Eating
Mississippi Kite Pair Eating and a Blue Jay

Much more interesting were these two Mississippi Kites consuming a meal. I had never witnessed this behavior so I continued to photograph even though my vantage point wasn’t great. Interestingly, the Kites weren’t concerned about the Blue Jay, who soon flew off.

You can see how large the Kites are compared to a Blue Jay in the first image.

Mississippi Kite Pair Eating
Mississippi Kite Pair Eating

Taking photographs up into a dense tree poses many challenges: leaves and twigs blocking the view, over exposed sky in the leaf gaps, and too much shade on the subject, to name a few.

Mississippi Kite Pair Eating
Mississippi Kite Pair Eating

I tried a couple of angles, working my way around some shrubbery on the ground.

Mississippi Kite Pair Eating
Mississippi Kite Pair Eating

I did determine from one image not shared here that the food was a small bird.

Mississippi Kite Pair Eating
Mississippi Kite Pair Eating

Up to now I had only seen Kites eat insects, snatched from the sky with their feet. In this last image one of the Kites was grooming and gave me a decent view of one foot.

Mississippi Kite Foot Up Scratching
Mississippi Kite Foot Up Scratching

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