Saturday, August 14, 2010

White-tailed Kite Day 14

Tomorrow will be two weeks since the kite was discovered at Stratford Point by Dennis Varza. It is in a perfect routine at the moment, having becoming accustomed to the human schedule while setting one for itself. It hunts early while we give it space, having a few meals from around sunrise to 8AM before leaving Stratford Point for Short Beach or Milford Point. It will come to Stratford Point once again for one meal later in the evening, between 5:30-7:30 mostly, sometimes staying until nearly 8. Visitors from many states keep making the trek to see this amazing raptor. Those who come during the previously mentioned hours nearly always leave with a big smile on their face. I may post more pictures soon, but since there have only been two videos from me compared to so many pictures from fantastic photographers, I thought more video was in order.

If memory serves (and it may not) I believe it is the first video of the kite perched. Keep in mind you can hover over the right-hand corner video of the video for the full-screen option. The shot shows it sitting on its feeding perch after a meal. This is where it takes most of its kills when it does not go to a telephone pole (because people or vehicles are there). After that is a hovering and soaring shot with a twist as it amusingly shows the kite scratching at its face in mid-air at a bug.

Video © Scott Kruitbosch

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