Tag Archives: Raptors

Birding At Home: Swallow-tailed Kite

I answered the door a few days ago to find our excited neighbor and his two pre-teen boys: “Can you tell us what kind of bird that is?”

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite

Why, yes, I can!

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite

Pretty neat to see a Swallow-tailed Kite swooping over our neighborhood.

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite

They had been watching the bird off and on all day as it was feeding on dragonflies.

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite

Fancy Nest Topper, Another Angle

It was the shape of the tree that caught my eye, from a few posts ago. Turns out, working through my images from that day I had some other shots.

Osprey Nest in Artsy Tree
Osprey Nest– looking like a straw hat, Osprey head just visible

Here’s a wider view.

Orlando Wetlands
Orlando Wetlands

There were several Osprey flying around.

Osprey Fly Over
Osprey Fly Over

This one was watching the water but I never saw him dive.

Osprey Fly Over
Osprey Fly Over

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Fancy Nest Topper

It was the shape of the tree that caught my eye, reminding me of a carved finial. The Osprey nest that looks like a straw hat was secondary. It was early and not much light, but there is an Osprey in the nest, the white on its head visible close to the tree trunk.

Osprey Nest In Twisted Tree
Osprey Nest In Twisted Tree

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Red-shouldered Hawk With Chicks

A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks made their nest in a tree that hangs over the exit road at Magnolia Plantation.

Red-shouldered Hawk in Nest With Chicks
Red-shouldered Hawk in Nest With Chicks

With hundreds of treed acres available to them this seems like an odd choice with cars and pedestrians passing all day long.

Red-shouldered Hawk Nest
Red-shouldered Hawk Nest

That’s a frog leg sticking up by the hawk’s feet, soon to be breakfast for the chicks.

Red-shouldered Hawk with Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk with Frog, Sitting In Next Tree Over From Nest

The chicks were ready for their next meal.

Red-shouldered Hawk in Nest With Chicks
Red-shouldered Hawk Chicks

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
April 29, 2022

Bald Eagle, Flying For Lunch

At the end of November I witnessed similar action in nearly the same spot that I photographed Bald Eagle, Flying For Breakfast at the end of October. This time I was a little closer to the action.

Bald Eagle Making a Dive
Bald Eagle Making a Dive

The Eagle made a quick drop and snatched a small dead fish that had been floating on the water.

Bald Eagle With Small Fish, Flying Away
Bald Eagle With Small Fish, Flying Away — that’s a log, not an Alligator, in the water

Up and away…

Bald Eagle With Small Fish, Flying Away
Bald Eagle With Small Fish, Flying Away– that’s two logs, not Alligators

He flew  past the bare cross dike with a bit of fall color highlighting the background, and disappeared into the woods.

Bald Eagle Flying Away
Bald Eagle Flying Away

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 29, 2021