In all the times I have seen them, I have never had the opportunity to photograph them. Yesterday, while I was attending my middle daughter's soccer game with my camera around my neck, I saw one. I was able to get a few photos.
I was able to observe two of them. They appeared to follow each other. One would soar very high, to the point that they were only a very tiny speck of black against the blue sky. Then the other would follow. Then they would both glide gracefully down to a point just above the trees. They stayed in view for over 15 minutes.
It was absolutely breath-taking!
My daughter lost her game, but I could not get very worked up about it, because I was sitting where I could watch these fascinating creatures for a longer period of time than I have ever been able to view them.
Were they mating?
If you are interested in joining a Citizen Action Committee for the Swallow Tail Kites, you can go to this site.
My husband and I participate by documenting every time we spot the swallow tail kites. Last year they contacted us by phone for more information and they sent us a summary of the things they learned from their research.
Here are some other pictures of this amazing creature. None of these others are as good as the first one.
|Do you see the black smudge on the cloud? That's the swallow tail kite.|
|Top left corner in this photo.|
|About center of the photo and a little low to the right.|