30 March 10

Busy Kites

White-tailed Kite, prismacolor The kite pair that seems to have set up a nest in the large pine just above our lab at work has been engaging in a great deal of courtship activity: calling, display flights, copulation. Yesterday the female landed in the walnut tree with a pocket gopher, eating it over half an hour; the male came in and joined her. Today, another series of flights, another rodent — this time I was able to sketch it quickly. They are beautiful birds and I hope their nest doesn’t get predated by crows…

White-tailed Kite with prey, prismacolor

Posted by at 07:13 PM in Bird of the Day | Link |
  1. beauuuutiful! The rodent evisceration is spot-on.

    rjhall    5. April 2010, 11:36    Link

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