Swallow-tailed Kites, Long County

Swallow tailed Kite in flight Long County Ga nesting grounds photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2014

One of the most beautiful raptors in North America, Swall0w-tailed Kites (Elanoides forficatus) are a South American species which breeds in scattered locations around the South in spring. By late August they begin their long migration to South America and it’s during this time that large numbers of them, along with Mississippi Kites (Ictinia mississippiensis), can be observed in large numbers in Long County. Bird watchers descend at a remote farm near the Altamaha River in growing numbers each year to see this phenomenon.

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4 responses to “Swallow-tailed Kites, Long County

  1. Mary McAdory

    Loved the Standing Watch picture (of the eagle). This one is for a thank-you. I saw one a few weeks back.

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  2. Wendell Theus

    Hi Brian, Great photo, hard to get up close view of these beautiful birds. I was unaware of them until about 10 years ago when a group of Fl. State U. students showed up at my home wanting permission to go to back of property & observe an active nest site there in a very tall pine. I told them yes & accompanied them. Sure enough, in the tallest pine around (apprx. 150-160′) was a fairly large nest right in the top. Using binoculars we were able to see a single chick looking over the side at us. They wanted permission to climb a nearby tree and set up cameras to record the hatchling & parents in action. This they did in an elaborate & dangerous climbing exercise involving among other things, a crossbow, a bosun’s chair & lots of nerve. They were able to capture this interaction using a dvd type recorder set up on the ground. Quite an experience & I learned a lot. Thanks again for your great work.

  3. Elbert Rivers

    Beautiful! Thanks for the work you do!

    Elbert & Nancy Rivers 404-310-1934 Sent from our iPhone

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