These photographs were first published 2 years ago. However having greatly increased the site traffic and readership when found during 'cleanup' (and lock down) they are being republished. Just look...it's incredible.
This Kite was practicing their amazing in flight hunting skills at the Avian Conservation Center outside Charleston. Kites primarily hunt large insects in flight. They eat and continue hunting in the air.
Here a trainer offered a small piece of meat on her finger tip. The Kite was flying over head and came down to feed.
This series shows the bird in action. Each is best viewed large.
The food was grabbed without touching her fingers.
The Lowcountry has Mississippi Kites and Swallow Tailed Kites. Yellow-billed are found in sub-Sahara Africa.
Note; this is a case of going down the ‘rabbit hole’. The other day I received a request for images of a specific Charleston Landmark, today I received another. That means viewing archived hard drives.
Being inside much more than usual reloading the images… hence ‘the rabbit hole’.