Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 19:59:10 -0400
Reply-To: Bobzarem Bellsouth net <bobzarem@BELLSOUTH.NET>
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From: Bobzarem Bellsouth net <bobzarem@BELLSOUTH.NET>
Subject: Swallow-tailed Kites near Tifton
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Today, Pierre Howard, Deb and I met up with Bill Lotz, Dan Vickers and
Darlene Moore to try for the Limpkins at Reed Bingham State Park. Chet
Powell took us down the river but unfortunately we were unable to see any
birds today. At one point, a bird flew across a channel and landed out of
sight. It was probably a Limpkin based on the size and color but not
everyone on the boat saw the bird. On the way back to Atlanta, Deb, Pierre
and I found three SWALLOW-TAILED KITES a few miles north east of Tifton.
The birds were foraging in a pine/oak wooded area and we were amazed as one
of the birds dove in to an oak and came out with a prey in it's talons. We
assumed it had caught a bird or small reptile but luckily we were able to
get some pictures. When we looked at the pictures we could see that the
bird had actually captured a bat! None of us had ever witnessed a kite
taking a bat before, very cool!!! Later, we stopped by McDonough and there
was a single SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCAYCHER on the power lines.
If you would like to see pictures of the Swallow-tailed kite holding the
bat. I put some up on my web page.
Check out this page: http://www.georgia-birding.com/GA2007-yearlist.htm
Bob & Deb Zaremba
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