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Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)

I was doing a dragonfly survey at Lake Apopka Restoration Area this summer and a few of these beautiful birds were flying overhead, snatching dragonflies out of the air and eating them as they flew. Swallow-tailed Kites are one of my favorite birds because of their graceful lines and effortless flight. I also find them to be challenging photographic subjects because of the black and white contrast. This is my best effort so far.


Swallow-tailed Kites are migratory birds. They arrive to breed in Florida by March and most leave for their wintering grounds in South America by late August.


Canon Rebel XSi and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Taken on August 4, 2012