We were coming home from town today at lunchtime and saw this magnificent bird soaring gracefully at the edge of a woods, hunting. It's a Swallow-tailed kite, an endangered species that has lost 75 percent of its breeding habitat over the years as more and more land on the coast is developed for homes. There are only 120 breeding pairs left in South Carolina. And we saw one!
|The photo is from the IBC birding site and the kite is holding s bat in its talons.|
The kite has a wing span of four feet and 10-inch tail feathers. It is an accipiter, a hawk.
When we looked up the bird on line we found out that since they are endangered, they are being studied and we made a report on our sighting. At the end of the breeding season, we will receive information on the findings of the study.
I am excited because this is a life bird for me. And that doesn't happen often when you've been birding for half a century! I think a celebration is in order!