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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Red-Tailed Hawk and Kites


We have a Red-Tailed Hawk perching on the tall pine tree behind our house right now.


He's in a spot where he can look down the golf course.


Not sure he's looking for the best shot though, probably something more natural, like his next meal.


Maybe he's just enjoying the sunshine!


 And we see a lot of Swallow-Tailed Kites here right now too.


So when I went to Sholom Park, I wasn't surprised to see them. 


What I didn't expect to see was Mississippi Kites in the same area.


They are really beautiful too.

And speaking of acting naturally....


I think these 2 are making babies.


Just saying! lol

Have a wonderful holiday weekend! Get outside and have some FUN! We'll be in the upper 90s every day so I'll have to get out early if I get to hike at all!

Do you have special plans?



Click on the short video above to see the Mississippi Kites!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE 

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.


26 comments:

Tom said...

...you captured them well, enjoy your week.

Sandra said...

our special plans are today I make burgers WITH chips, and Memorial day HE wants hotdogs and chips since he has not had a hotdog in over 2 years. I removed them from our diet.. I am compensating for the dogs by having boil egg for breakfast and save the fat/carbs for lunch. isnt' that special? ha ha. love the KITE porno. I have lizards, raccoons, butterflies, frogs making babies. photos I mean, no videos

Kate said...

Great photos!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Awesome captures of the Red-tailed Hawk and the Mississippi Kites. They are beautiful raptors. The video is great. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks for your visit and comment.

podso said...

Beautiful photos! Do you know all those names naturally or do you use a phone app to identify them? I'm impressed either way! Just a beautiful slide series of birds from Sanibel Island and it was during their recent migration when as storm came in and caused them to stick around for awhile. Our friends knew every name but do use the phone app! Stay cool! It's gotten into the 90s here too-- a little early for such vengeance!

Inger said...

I'm learning so much about Florida's nature from you. It is so varied, so beautiful, and interesting too. Thank you.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I can see that you graduated from Avian Sex 101 with first class honours!

Adam Jones said...

The Red-tailed Hawk shots are great.

Ann said...

Love the pictures of the hawk and I've never heard of a Mississippi Kite before. Very cool.
No plans for the weekend. Today was some cleaning, tomorrow is work and Monday will be hanging out at home doing nothing

happyone said...

Wow great captures of these birds.
Beautiful.

Terri D said...

Beautiful photos! You must have a great camera to get those amazing close-ups! I also admire very much your knowledge of birds. Thanks for sharing Florida's beauty with us!

Vee said...

That was interesting. I have seen squirrels who needed to rent a room, but never birds. ­čść

Anu said...

Wonderful photos and video. Great birds!

BeachGypsy said...

Howdy my friend, loved these pictures especially that second one....with his mouth open!!!---so neat!! It's gotten hot here too, we took a three hour hike thursday on my birthday...mercy it WAS HOT AND HUMID but we pressed on. We were wiped out that evening. We carry water and I'm pretty sure it was bring sweated out just as quickly as I was drinking it, ha ha LOL! We were trampling around on one of the big old plantations here. Hope your Memorial weekend is going great and y'all can get out early enough for another hike!

Anni said...

Oh my Lea! You have left me speechless! Wow. (Thanks again!)

Anni said...

Sorry...DIANE!!

I told you that I was so excited seeing your magnificent birds, I typed Lea. You must think I'm daffy. I was.

Barbara said...

So I guess you identify the kites by their distinctive tails, those points? You really are knowledgeable about the birds, which makes your posts very interesting.

And your shots of the red-tailed hawk -- not until we got to the photo of his backside as he was flying off did I understand the 'red-tailed' part.

Enjoy your holiday weekend -- and it sounds like you are!

Vee said...

And your new header is gorgeous! I forgot to mention that. ☺️

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great bird photos.

The Liberty Belle said...

It's in the 90's here too and the humidity is unrelenting. Nice photos! Enjoy the long weekend.

The Feminine Energy said...

Making babies... and that's how the world goes round... for both humans and animals. I've heard it said that babies are God's way of saying the world should go on. I believe that.

Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous as always, my dear. Such simple subject matter but beautiful all the same. You find delight in everything in nature and share that delight with all of us. I'm grateful to you.

As for our plans, we're having oldest daughter's 37th birthday get-together today. It's a good thing we have "indoor" plans as it's going to be raining all day and pretty much everyday for the next week or so. Here in Indiana we've had so much rain & also chilly temperatures that there's talk of crops failing and that this is going to be our "new normal". Frightening, to say the least.

Happy Memorial Day~ Andrea xoxo

Cherdecor said...

Those are wonderful pictures of the Red-Tailed Hawk! You captured his every move. Happy Memorial Day! We are getting storms, storms and more storms. My flowers are popping up all over.

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

I am always so impressed by anyone who can photograph moving birds. And while they are making babies no less!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Fantastic photographs you've shared here and I enjoyed the video too.

All the best Jan

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Fant├ísticas fotograf├şas!!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

The red-tailed hawk is fascinating to see. They're so BIG, and watchful of all that is around them. I was wondering why they are called Mississippi Kites, but now I can see why. : )

Have a fantastic week!

~Sheri