The summer breeding territory of the Mississippi kite is in the central and southern United States, a few have begun breeding north as climate changes allow. No surprise everything is changing.
They spend the winter in Argentina and Brazil, they are a true tropical bird.
In general they follow the Dragonfly population and when summer hits the Lowcountry just look up and you will see Kites.
Kites catch, and eat, Dragonfly’s in mid air. They actually catch them with their feet. You know they must be fast and agile.
Even more fun is to see one fly through trees and snatch insects (or anything else) from the leaves and branches.
I have no idea what this one had just caught.
Photographing Kites is an exercise in frustration. Yet we do get a few images in between the hundreds of misses. Finding one sitting like this is unusual. They do everything in mid flight, even scoop up water as they fly over a pond.
We have two different Kites in the Lowcountry. The other being a Swallow-tailed Kite. A tropical bird from South America also, and even more difficult to catch.
Search this web site for Kite and you will find several articles of photographs.