As a biologist and birdwatcher I am always guilty of birding and driving. However, in the dog days of late summer in the Southeast travelers should be on the lookout for North America's most spectacular flier. The Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus), is a denizen of swamps of the American Southeast from North Carolina to Texas and up to Arkansas. No other bird is so skilled an aerial hunter, as this bird only eats and drinks while in flight. In late July after the breeding season Kites by the hundreds decent upon farms and sod fields to feast on insects such as dragonflies and grasshoppers to build up energy for their migration to the wetlands of Brazil. Watching them swoop and spin and feed in flight will make even non birdwatchers stop and look on in awe. This photo shows and adult Swallow-tailed Kite swooping in to feed a begging juvenile kite while another adult kite perches in the tree.
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