Monday, May 05, 2008

A Mississippi Kite Pining Away ...


Preflight check.

All systems are GO.


Lift off!

12 comments:

Sharon said...

LOL! I was reading and feeling all sad for the poor little Kite, wondering why he was pining...and then I realized. Duh! ;o) Great shots, btw.

robin andrea said...

Great photos, fc. I've only ever seen a White-tailed kite. I think they have such beautiful eyes.

freste2715 said...

Oh fir goodness sakes, this critter didn't even look the alder way before taking off. His/her madrone would not be happy. But the sky is clear so I think it was a-oakay. Are kites very poplar around the South? Never seen them here.

Dr. Know said...

OK - the puns are knee-deep. Knock it off lest I drown. ;-)

Doug Taron said...

He's pining for the fjords. Birds are known to do that.

pablo said...

A Florida Cracker punning away!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Bee-yoo-ti-ful, Mr. Florida. Thanks.

Alan said...

"Go fly a kite" is probably not a very good comeback in his particular branch of the animal kingdom...

Thunder Dave said...

Hey man, great pics as always!

I actually saw a Magpie, and a flock of Pidgeons the other day. The Pidgeons didn't land anywhere of course, and I swear I heard the leader saying: "Keep flapping, or we'll end up on the menu"! ;-)

FloridaBoy said...

Mississippi kites are actually quite common in the Florida Peninsula. But you gotta look carefully at every soaring dark bird you see way up in the sky to find most of 'em.

I id them by a process of elimination, as crows, vultures, eagles and buteos are much more commonly seen. If the bird is about the size of a crow, soars in circles with a flattish wing profile and has no white on it whatsoever, it is probably a MS kite.

I used to see them commonly over Gainesville. I have lived in McIntosh for the past 6 months and have yet to see one. I have seen only one close up in my life, and it was consuming something on the ground in my back yard in Gainesville.

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Floridacracker said...

Sharon,
Gotcha!

Robin,
Yes! The eyes are astounding!

Freste,
Now that is the pun spirit!

Doc,
Hard to stop once ...

Doug,
That one went ZING right over my head ...
:)


Pablo,
Not me ...
;)

Hoss,
Glad you liked it.


Alan,
You tie the string on it first.

Scorpionbreath,
No critter is safe in China :)

FLBOY,
Search this blog for pics of them mating. I have the swallowtail and the miss kites soaring over my place daily.