Several dedicated birders kept watch while the White-tailed Kite took a break from the excitement. Their patience was well worth it once the bird took flight again and started hunting over Stratford Point again.
Around 5:30PM the White-tailed Kite left its tree-top hideout and strafed the grassland area on Stratford Point in search of prey, giving great looks.
It would occasionally venture out over the shoreline, alertly scanning its surroundings. Just like yesterday, the bird was constantly harassed by the many Common Terns that frequent the area. The video that Scott took yesterday shows how intense life for a raptor can get at times! The number of terns surrounding the kite was quite amazing and it was regularly immersed in a cloud of them.The White-tailed Kite surrounded by several Common Terns. The kite is the bird on the bottom left of the flock (click on the image to enlarge it for a better view)
Even though it was constantly being harassed by other birds, the kite still hovered repeatedly. It did not seem to be bothered in the least by the swarm of terns buzzing it. I just heard that it was quite successful in its endeavor and managed to catch another meadow vole this afternoon. So far this bird has little reason to abandon Stratford Point and we're all hoping it will still be present tomorrow morning!
I wanted to thank everybody who visited Stratford Point today for being such responsible birders. It was fantastic to see people from 9 to 90 years old get equally excited about a bird, and it was especially nice to see that everyone kept a respectful distance so that the kite would not be disturbed in any way, making it possible for many people to get fantastic looks. Hopefully we will receive many more equally fantastic visitors to Stratford Point, both human and otherwise!
All photographs copyright Twan Leenders